I had dinner tonight with a member of the Rosetta mission. The Philae lander is 
just sleeping, not dead. In Monty Python terms, it is not an ex-lander. It's 
merely "pinin' for the fjords..."  :-)

      From: "anartax...@yahoo.com [FairfieldLife]" 
<FairfieldLife@yahoogroups.com>
 To: FairfieldLife@yahoogroups.com 
 Sent: Thursday, November 20, 2014 1:54 AM
 Subject: [FairfieldLife] Re: Philae has detected organic molecules
   
    Yes, I agree. Quite an accomplishment. This was a shorter mission, but 
extremely exacting. The Cassini mission to Saturn, another undertaking of 
similar difficulty, took 30 years from conception to getting the spacecraft to 
Saturn, and they also landed a package on Saturn's moon Titan, taking images on 
the way down. Cassini has been orbiting Saturn for 10 years, so from drawing 
board to today, the mission has taken 40 years out of some people's lives. 
Think of it you are a 20-year engineer at the start of the mission, and now you 
are 60!

Decent into Titan's Atmosphere (Actual NASA video) 
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This short animation is made up from a sequence of images taken by the Descent 
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Using that information it is possible to extrapolate a more visually appealing 
version of the data that may look more like it actually would to the human 
eyes. The movie below runs a speeded up version of the descent, approximately 2 
minutes go by every second. The rocks on the ground at the end are made of 
water ice. The temperature on Titan's surface is about -180 degrees C., so 
rocks of ice are very hard.
Huygens: Titan Descent Movie (2005.01.14)
 
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movie was built thanks to the data collected by ESA's Huygens Descent 
Imager/Spectral Radiometer (DISR) on 14 January 2005, during the 147-minutes 
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---In FairfieldLife@yahoogroups.com, <jr_esq@...> wrote :



Xeno,
The scientists are happy that they have accomplished a very intricate 
technological feat by keeping the mission on course for 10 years and then 
landing a probe on the comet itself.
It would been a great bonus if they could keep the lander alive for a few 
months to make more scientific observations.


---In FairfieldLife@yahoogroups.com, <anartaxius@...> wrote :

They might have a better idea of the possibility if they can locate where it 
is. So far they have discovered it was photographed from Rosetta about 15 
minutes after it bounced the first time, but have not yet located any 
additional images after that time.
Rosetta imaged Philae during its descent -- and after its bounce | The 
Planetary Society
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This morning ESA released a set of images of the Philae lander taken by the 
Rosetta orbiter during -- and after -- the lander's first touchdown. The images 
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---In FairfieldLife@yahoogroups.com, <jr_esq@...> wrote :

ESA scientists have stated that Philae may wake up again, when its batteries 
are recharged by the sun, to do more work in the near future.


---In FairfieldLife@yahoogroups.com, <s3raphita@...> wrote :

The Philae lander has detected organic molecules on the surface of its comet, 
scientists have confirmed. The compounds were picked up by a German-built 
instrument designed to "sniff" the comet's thin atmosphere.OK - so organic 
molecules aren't life as we know it, but they were found on a measly comet. 
Pity we've lost the phone connection - just when the conversation was getting 
interesting.

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