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Cosmic first: European spacecraft lands on comet

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By FRANK JORDANS

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An incredible achievement.

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So this makes the movie Armageddon, plausible.

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Nothing seems impossible any more. Comets can tell us about the history of the early solar system and the early history perhaps of our own Earth.

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Remember, on the comet we are the aliens. ;)

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Another marvelous achievement. I wonder what they'll learn from this. I'm also eagerly awaiting the rendezvous with Pluto next year - something I'd never thought would happen in my lifetime.

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Brrr... Must be cold out there.

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I'm proud that instruments from the Finnish Meteorological Institute made the first contact with the comet.

We've been joking saying that Finland is the first country to land on a comet. Though the joking aside. This marvelous achievement couldn't of been made possible without all the fantastic work of everyone at the European Space Agency who contributed to this mission.

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Awesome -- pat on the back for HUMANITY!!!!!!!!!!

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@KariHaruka

Thanks Finland!

After watching the movie Interstella, this will catch many people's attention.

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Brilliant! Next year New Horizons will rendevous with Pluto. What is the next physical target after that mission? The Alpha Centauri star system, the closest starts to earth, at just over 4 light years, is 1000 times the distance to Pluto, and if a spacecraft traveled at the same speed as New Horizons it would take 9,000 or so years - and communications (if communication were even possible) would take over 4 years each way.

Even more intriguing, there are over a dozen known plausibly "Earth-like" planets between 10 and 100 light years away. Technically speaking communications should be possible, with a string of stations to relay signals, say 100 per light year. The biggest problem might be getting humans to focus on the project without interruption for 10,000 to 100,000 years.

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Cool! I wish I could live long enough to see humans invent faster-than-light warp speed capability and land on an M-Class planet in another solar system where there is breathable air...

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What is the next physical target after that mission? The Alpha Centauri star system, the closest starts to earth, at just over 4 light years, is 1000 times the distance to Pluto, and if a spacecraft traveled at the same speed as New Horizons it would take 9,000 or so years

I think you've underestimated the difficulty of it. Its more like 7000 times distant and would take more like 80,000 years.

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