European probe flies by Mars



"DARMSTADT, Germany (AP) – A European spacecraft executed a close flyby of Mars on Sunday, a crucial maneuver in its meandering, 10-year voyage through the solar system to make the first soft landing on a comet.

Applause broke out in the European Space Agency’s mission control center in western Germany as the Rosetta comet probe’s radio signal was picked up after 15 tense minutes of silence as the craft passed behind the Red Planet.

The maneuver sends the craft toward two similar flybys of Earth this year and in 2009, which will accelerate it toward its distant target comet."

Good Job!!! :clap: That will be cool if it lands on a comet Churyumov Gerasimenko someday.


Yeehaw! Solar slingshot!


Eeek! I hope no Martians were watching… I remember these lines all too well…

“…We know now that in the early years of the twentieth century this world was being watched closely by intelligences greater than man’s, and yet as mortal as his own. We know now that as human beings busied themselves about their various concerns they were scrutinized and studied, perhaps almost as narrowly as a man with a microscope might scrutinize the transient creatures that swarm and multiply in a drop of water.
With infinite complacence people went to and fro over the earth about their little affairs, serene in the assurance of their dominion over this small, spinning fragment of solar driftwood which, by chance or design, man has inherited out of the dark mystery of Time and Space.
Yet across an immense ethereal gulf, minds that are to our minds as ours are to the beasts in the jungle, intellects vast, cool and unsympathetic, regarded this earth with envious eyes and slowly and surely drew their plans against us…”

Eeeeeeeeeeeeeeek! (With thanks to good old H.G. Wells and his mate, Orson.)


Next week we’ll be watching this documentary…


As long as I can have one of the Martian zap guns… I know a few people I want to change in dog people!


Next weeks Headline: European probe satellite gets shot out of Martian orbit, like the US spy … errr … GPS satellite over china :stuck_out_tongue: