Today an awesome thing happened. The first man made spacecraft, called Philae, landed on the surface of a moving object (comet) in outer space and also accomplished the similarly Herculean task of beating out Kim Kardashian’s rear on end in terms of Twitter mentions. Truly, miracles abound.
The pictures are below and amazing.
— DLR_de (@DLR_de) November 12, 2014
— NASA (@NASA) November 12, 2014
— Slate (@Slate) November 12, 2014
— The Verge (@verge) November 12, 2014
— The Economist (@TheEconomist) November 12, 2014
— Jan Hattenbach (@JanHattenbach) November 12, 2014
Here’s the celebration when Philae touched down safely.
And the wonderful XKCD comic indicating just how much of a first this really was. The whole endeavor has been compared to hitting a bullet with another bullet because of the extreme speeds and vast distances involved.
— Emily Lakdawalla (@elakdawalla) November 12, 2014
Interested in seeing how it all worked? I’ve got you covered.