Daily Opinion: Houston, We Just Landed on a Comet

Comet 67P/C-G, as seen by the European Southern Observatory
Comet 67P/C-G, as seen by the European Southern Observatory

Today, the Philae lander touched down on the surface of a comet.

No, seriously. This just happened.

This has been a plan in the making for 10 years, 2.5 of which was spent in hibernation as the spacecraft Rosetta patiently waited to drift back to the sun and meet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, a comet 317 million miles from Earth. Rosetta got close enough to deploy the Philae lander into the comet’s gravitational pull.

This is awesome. If we had as many stories about achievements like this for each one about violence and politics, the world wouldn’t seem like such a bad place.

Here’s to you, humanity. You made me a believer again.

Peace out, party people.

Previously: Obama Is Keeping the Warez Free! Er, I Mean, He’s for Net Neutrality… Huzzah!

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