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(io9)   Not impressed with the size of the tiny comet spacecraft Rosetta has been exploring? Maybe this will help put things in perspective   (io9.com) divider line 66
    More: Spiffy, Churymov-Gerasimenko, ESA's Rosetta, comets, AKA, spacecrafts  
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2014-08-18 07:42:54 PM  
Still not impressed.
 
2014-08-18 08:04:30 PM  
1) People scoff about the comet's size?

2) Is that LA? Is that a papier mâché model? Is the comet way in the foreground like a fly on a camera lens? Way to contextualize.
 
2014-08-18 08:16:39 PM  
I need to see it compared to an elephant or a school bus or some other internationally recognized standard unit of measurement.
 
2014-08-18 08:18:41 PM  
What is that? A comet for ants?
 
2014-08-18 08:41:34 PM  

netizencain: I need to see it compared to an elephant or a school bus or some other internationally recognized standard unit of measurement.


Well it's smaller then Belgium
 
2014-08-18 09:36:46 PM  
Science journalism: Missing the point since they took a millennia old fact and made it into a point of contention with the Church, leading to Galileo's arrest.
 
2014-08-18 09:42:16 PM  
I'm bigger
 
2014-08-18 10:00:40 PM  
First thing I thought of after this:
pbs.twimg.com.

...was this:

www.morethings.com
 
2014-08-18 10:19:43 PM  
How many Rhode Islands is that?
 
2014-08-18 10:30:43 PM  
I'm going to need a banana for scale
 
2014-08-18 11:04:08 PM  
Do they have Jesus?
 
2014-08-18 11:07:08 PM  
its the Foot from Footfall

/crazy elephants
 
2014-08-18 11:09:22 PM  
It's only a model...
 
2014-08-18 11:12:09 PM  
Erm, I'll say it... whole project is un-f*cking-believable. Do you realize what we've done?!?
 
2014-08-18 11:15:54 PM  

grokca: How many Rhode Islands is that?


How many Rhod ... dammit!
 
2014-08-18 11:18:11 PM  

DeltaPunch: Erm, I'll say it... whole project is un-f*cking-believable. Do you realize what we've done?!?


Step 2, mine that sumbich and get us more lithium ions.
 
2014-08-18 11:19:06 PM  
I don't give a crap what the size of the comet is.
 
2014-08-18 11:29:25 PM  
I wasn't scoffing at the size because I read the articles instead of just looking at the pictures.
That is pretty impressive thoiugh
 
2014-08-18 11:32:32 PM  

Philbb: grokca: How many Rhode Islands is that?

How many Rhod ... dammit!


Yeah, I got sidelined by that same greedy bastard!
 
2014-08-18 11:33:05 PM  
When I saw it, it was about the size of a chick pea held at arms length.
 
2014-08-18 11:36:52 PM  

DeltaPunch: Erm, I'll say it... whole project is un-f*cking-believable. Do you realize what we've done?!?


The image was taken from a distance of 130 km and the image resolution is 2.4 metres per pixel

Exported James Bond technology to outer space?

For comparison, a person reviewing an image of you standing in your yard taken by a commercial jet flying at full altitude with this camera could tell whether you had a boner.

/unless you are fat, then it could only tell whether you are eating ho-hos or pringles
 
2014-08-18 11:38:31 PM  

Rockbender: It's only a model...


Shhhh.

it's really a silly comet
 
2014-08-18 11:40:44 PM  
I don't wanna close my eyes....
 
2014-08-18 11:42:57 PM  

Thanks for the Meme-ries: I don't wanna close my eyes....


I just wanted to shake the hand of the daughter of the bravest man I've ever met.
 
2014-08-18 11:44:37 PM  
That's fabulous.

I think the very best part is that they tried to get the color right, too. It's a really, really dirty snowball -- dirtier than the slush that builds up behind your wheels after a drive home through melting snow.

Not that that analogy would mean much to Angelinos.

Not that they'd care much with a kilometer-scale comet sitting on their city.
 
2014-08-18 11:49:16 PM  

mjbok: Thanks for the Meme-ries: I don't wanna close my eyes....

I just wanted to shake the hand of the daughter of the bravest man I've ever met.


Ya.. I'd like to "shake" her "hand" as well.....

i291.photobucket.com

/i don't want to miss a thing
 
2014-08-18 11:55:44 PM  
You need more than just a nuclear warhead to deflect that thing from its trajectory.
 
2014-08-18 11:58:31 PM  
I'm surprised it doesn't have graffiti all over it yet.
 
2014-08-18 11:59:33 PM  
That's pretty scary when you consider that comet is traveling at almost 85,000 mph. Something that big hitting Earth at that speed is going to ruin your weekend.
 
2014-08-19 12:10:53 AM  
The one in the movie Deep Impact if I recall right was the size of Manhattan.  Thus, this one is what 6 times the size.
 
2014-08-19 12:15:22 AM  

Warmnight: You need more than just a nuclear warhead to deflect that thing from its trajectory.


You need a lot less, actually. Just a lot of black paint would do it.
 
2014-08-19 12:16:28 AM  

doglover: Warmnight: You need more than just a nuclear warhead to deflect that thing from its trajectory.

You need a lot less, actually. Just a lot of black paint would do it.


Or a small orbiting object. . .oh shiat.
 
2014-08-19 12:17:13 AM  
I love how an "article" discussing the size of the comet fails to actually mention any numbers at all. It is about 1/20 Rhode Island. One thing that was annoying finding the size of this thing is Wikipedia lists only 2 dimensions. Here is a better size comparison, including number.
 
2014-08-19 12:23:37 AM  

Thanks for the Meme-ries: mjbok: Thanks for the Meme-ries: I don't wanna close my eyes....

I just wanted to shake the hand of the daughter of the bravest man I've ever met.

Ya.. I'd like to "shake" her "hand" as well.....

[i291.photobucket.com image 402x600]

/i don't want to miss a thing


I hate the fact I don't hate that movie.  Especially the parts with Stamper's right hand man and his baby-mama and his kid.
 
2014-08-19 01:03:21 AM  

Kittypie070: I don't give a crap what the size of the comet is.


Then whatever you do, DON'T CLICK ON THE LINK!!! You should also stay away from discussions about things that you don't give a crap about.
 
2014-08-19 01:05:04 AM  

thrasherrr: DeltaPunch: Erm, I'll say it... whole project is un-f*cking-believable. Do you realize what we've done?!?

The image was taken from a distance of 130 km and the image resolution is 2.4 metres per pixel

Exported James Bond technology to outer space?

For comparison, a person reviewing an image of you standing in your yard taken by a commercial jet flying at full altitude with this camera could tell whether you had a boner.

/unless you are fat, then it could only tell whether you are eating ho-hos or pringles


WHen I decide to give my prostitutes oral in the backyard, there are always 3, just for this very occasion. I make them wear Santa hats.
 
2014-08-19 01:35:13 AM  
www.renemagritte.org
 
2014-08-19 01:36:19 AM  

Mikey1969: thrasherrr: DeltaPunch: Erm, I'll say it... whole project is un-f*cking-believable. Do you realize what we've done?!?

The image was taken from a distance of 130 km and the image resolution is 2.4 metres per pixel

Exported James Bond technology to outer space?

For comparison, a person reviewing an image of you standing in your yard taken by a commercial jet flying at full altitude with this camera could tell whether you had a boner.

/unless you are fat, then it could only tell whether you are eating ho-hos or pringles

WHen I decide to give my prostitutes oral in the backyard, there are always 3, just for this very occasion. I make them wear Santa hats.


While I do understand your comment was a belabored attempt at humor, I'd like to point out that IRL if you're giving a prostitute oral, you're doing it wrong.
 
2014-08-19 01:43:43 AM  
It's small because it's cold in space. You know what happens to a comet when it's cold. And I think you do.
 
2014-08-19 02:29:09 AM  

red5ish: It's small because it's cold in space. You know what happens to a comet when it's cold. And I think you do.


When they heat up, they do get a lot more interesting. Of course, "interesting" in space usually means "throwing off mass in an energetic fashion that can play merry hob with all sorts of things built by man at this time."

This IS an achievement, and better mass detection and the ability to intercept such a body is impressive. It's like throwing a fastball, getting it to rebound off a couple of posts, and having it drop right across the batter's strike zone, and this from being thrown from well outside the damn park.
 
2014-08-19 03:21:44 AM  

Kraftwerk Orange: Mikey1969: thrasherrr: DeltaPunch: Erm, I'll say it... whole project is un-f*cking-believable. Do you realize what we've done?!?

The image was taken from a distance of 130 km and the image resolution is 2.4 metres per pixel

Exported James Bond technology to outer space?

For comparison, a person reviewing an image of you standing in your yard taken by a commercial jet flying at full altitude with this camera could tell whether you had a boner.

/unless you are fat, then it could only tell whether you are eating ho-hos or pringles

WHen I decide to give my prostitutes oral in the backyard, there are always 3, just for this very occasion. I make them wear Santa hats.

While I do understand your comment was a belabored attempt at humor, I'd like to point out that IRL if you're giving a prostitute oral, you're doing it wrong.


Oopsie.
 
2014-08-19 03:44:52 AM  

Mikey1969: Kittypie070: I don't give a crap what the size of the comet is.

Then whatever you do, DON'T CLICK ON THE LINK!!! You should also stay away from discussions about things that you don't give a crap about.


I'll be a bit clearer next time.

I just wanna add that I'm stunned that humans are delightfully nuts enough to try to orbit a weeny metal and ceramic probe around a comet and then land a smaller probe on that same comet.

And then I look at what's happening dirtside and I wonder how the barking rabid monkey hell we ever got outta the trees at all.
 
2014-08-19 04:30:18 AM  

Warmnight: You need more than just a nuclear warhead to deflect that thing from its trajectory.


Yeah, would probably need to go deep sci-fi on it, and throw some paint at it to deflect it.
 
2014-08-19 04:47:58 AM  

ecmoRandomNumbers: That's pretty scary when you consider that comet is traveling at almost 85,000 mph. Something that big hitting Earth at that speed is going to ruin your weekend.


I live on the other side of the Earth from NYC, so hardly.
 
2014-08-19 05:46:37 AM  
Is this supposed to be a "small" comet? What kind of sizes are we talking about for a medium or large one? How big is Haley's?

I kind of thought we were safe from comets because they would melt during reentry. There's no way something this big will shrink significantly before wrecking shiat.
 
2014-08-19 06:03:58 AM  

Eps05: Is this supposed to be a "small" comet? What kind of sizes are we talking about for a medium or large one? How big is Haley's?

I kind of thought we were safe from comets because they would melt during reentry. There's no way something this big will shrink significantly before wrecking shiat.


Halley's Comet is about 15x8km, or 9.3x4.9mi.  (length x width, of course)

For comparison, the comet they're at is 3.5x4km, so Halley's is several times its size.
 
2014-08-19 06:38:03 AM  

Boojum2k: doglover: Warmnight: You need more than just a nuclear warhead to deflect that thing from its trajectory.

You need a lot less, actually. Just a lot of black paint would do it.

Or a small orbiting object. . .oh shiat.


: D

Ice Cream Sunday, here we come!
 
2014-08-19 07:04:29 AM  
This is so freaking awesome. Good for you, ESA - at least there's one space agency out there still pushing the envelope.
 
2014-08-19 07:18:57 AM  
I love L.A.!
 
2014-08-19 07:32:25 AM  

Eps05: Is this supposed to be a "small" comet? What kind of sizes are we talking about for a medium or large one? How big is Haley's?

I kind of thought we were safe from comets because they would melt during reentry. There's no way something this big will shrink significantly before wrecking shiat.


I think you're confusing a 1980s Earth Space Science middle school textbook with real life. Yeah, they aren't just chunks of ice.
 
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