Reminder: Humans Can Do Wonders

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Aug. 13 2014 12:14 PM

Reminder: Humans Can Do Wonders

Rosetta comet
NAVCAM image of the comet 67/P Churyumov-Gerasimenko, taken by the Rosetta spacecraft on Aug. 12, 2014. The nucleus is 4 kilometers across and looks like sculpted whip cream. (It's actually various kinds of ices and rock.)

Photo by ESA/Rosetta/NAVCAM

Just a reminder: Humans have a spacecraft tailing a 4-billion-year-old comet more than 400 million kilometers away and moving at nearly 16 km/sec, all the while taking pictures, sampling material blown out of the primordial snowball's guts, and generally just being awesome.

You're welcome.

Phil Plait writes Slate’s Bad Astronomy blog and is an astronomer, public speaker, science evangelizer, and author of Death From the Skies!  

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