Get most of what they went for? 

 The thing is on its side, in the shadows with only a hour and a half of 
sunlight, and 60 hours of battery life.

 Wake up and smell the roses dude.

 yea, it's a great accomplishment, and damned inspiring, but it bounced about a 
kilometer, (and about two hours) from its original target. 

 I'm afraid the American technology is these instances is a tad superior.  Look 
at the current Mars mission, if you want to see how it plays out best.

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---In, <fleetwood_macncheese@...> wrote :

 damn - I'd go for the science first, and then cross my fingers and try to 
re-position. No matter what they find, just to be able to DO it, is 
accomplishment enough - Hope they get the solar going.

The current plan is to do what they can with the drilling done last because 
that will possibly send it off into space. They are all pleased anyway as it 
was a long shot even getting where they are now!

 Even if the worst case happens they'll get most of what they went for, we just 
won't be able to see it start to break up as it forms a tail near the sun 
which'd be cool to see but you never know, they might pull off a miracle.

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---In, <fleetwood_macncheese@...> wrote :

 Too cool! I guess the harpoon is holding. I wonder how long the transmissions 
to earth and return, take? 

 About half an hour to get a message there. But it's not all good news, they 
think it's on its side in a crater and if they can't get the solar panels to 
work the batteries will run out in 60 hours. 

 According to their twitter feed they're trying to decide whether it's worth 
the risk of getting it to jump about a bit so they can maybe get it upright and 
then fire the harpoons again to lock it in place. But they can't decide whether 
to do the most important sciencey bit first in case it flies off into space!

 This means drilling into the surface to look at what the dust cloud of early 
solar system was made from, this bit of rock has been hanging around for 3.5 
billion years with all these secrets, I hope they can get something good out of 


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 This is what a comet looks like when you are sitting on it:





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