Re "Scientists "easily moved to tears?" I think not.":
 

 I was referring to the chap who wore a gaudy shirt which offended some 
Twitters and so he then had to do a cry-baby routine to show contrition. 
Haven't you seen the clip?
 

 Re "allowed their emotions to delude them into believing that the world around 
them was designed rather than just evolved:
 

 I don't think the world *was* designed! My post was referring to the merits of 
the "design argument" - it has more force than atheists accept. I'm as coldly 
objective as your computer. Of course the world is evolving - so consciousness 
is constantly being surprised; learning from its missteps; and moving on.
 For Mercy has a human heart,
 Pity a human face,
 And Love, the human form divine,
 And Peace, the human dress.
 (Blake)

 

 

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

 From: "s3raphita@... [FairfieldLife]" <FairfieldLife@yahoogroups.com>
 To: FairfieldLife@yahoogroups.com 
 Sent: Thursday, November 20, 2014 3:58 AM
 Subject: Re: [FairfieldLife] Re: Philae has detected organic molecules
 
 
   Re "I had dinner tonight with a member of the Rosetta mission.":

 

 Male or female? 
 I hope you dressed appropriately - they are easily moved to tears those 
scientists.
 

 Scientists "easily moved to tears?" I think not. That's more the province of 
those who have allowed their emotions to delude them into believing that the 
world around them was designed rather than just evolved.  :-)
 

 The scientist is male, and quite smart BTW. The Rosetta mission only accounts 
for about a quarter of his workload, the rest of his time being spent on 
something potentially far more valuable. He's in charge of maintaining the 
database tracking all asteroids, meteors, comets, etc. that could potentially 
hit the Earth. The size of it gives new meaning to "Terra-bytes" of data.  :-)


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

 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: "anartaxius@... [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) http://youtu.be/oAn73CQm65Q 
 
 http://youtu.be/oAn73CQm65Q
 
 Decent into Titan's Atmosphere (Actual NASA ... http://youtu.be/oAn73CQm65Q 
This short animation is made up from a sequence of images taken by the Descent 
Imager/Spectral Radiometer (DISR) instrument on board ESA's Huygens p...


 
 View on youtu.be http://youtu.be/oAn73CQm65Q 
 Preview by Yahoo 
 

 

 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) http://youtu.be/HtYDPj6eFLc

 
 
 http://youtu.be/HtYDPj6eFLc
 
 Huygens: Titan Descent Movie (2005.01.14) http://youtu.be/HtYDPj6eFLc This 
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 
http://planetary.org/blogs/emily-lakdawalla/2014/11171502-rosetta-imaged-philae-during.html
 
 
 
http://planetary.org/blogs/emily-lakdawalla/2014/11171502-rosetta-imaged-philae-during.html
 
 Rosetta imaged Philae during its descent -- and after it... 
http://planetary.org/blogs/emily-lakdawalla/2014/11171502-rosetta-imaged-philae-during.html
 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 
co...


 
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http://planetary.org/blogs/emily-lakdawalla/2014/11171502-rosetta-imaged-philae-during.html
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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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