4 comments on “This Week in Science (Sept. 18 – 25)

  • @OP – China begins operating world’s largest radio telescope

    China is pressing on with becoming the world leader in scientific and technical research, while others dither and prevaricate, with brainless science-denying politicians, obstructing and fatalistically prevaricating!

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  • I remember when I was a kid, people laughed at Japan as incapable of manufacturing anything but junk. But they ended up making better quality cameras and cars. Today that is a given. The same could happen with China.

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  • I think a very noteworthy event this week is the final phase of the Rosetta mission!


    Europe’s Rosetta probe has ended its mission to Comet 67P by crash-landing on to the icy object’s surface.

    Mission control in Darmstadt, Germany, was able to confirm the impact had occurred when radio contact to the ageing spacecraft was lost abruptly.

    The assumption is that the probe would have been damaged beyond use.

    In the hours before the planned collision, Rosetta sent back a host of high-resolution pictures and other measurements of the icy dirt-ball.

    “I can announce full success of this historic descent of Rosetta towards Comet 67P,” said European Space Agency mission manager Patrick Martin.

    “Farewell Rosetta; you’ve done the job. That was space science at its best.”

    Researchers expect all the data gathered at 67P in the past two years to keep them busy for decades to come.

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