History has been today made by the European Space Agency’s Rosetta mission that has landed a probe name Philae on the surface of comet 67P Churyumov-Gerasimenko. Background: https://gregole.com/2014/10/26/67pchuryumov-gerasimenko-phone-home/
Photo courtesy of our friends at Air Bus:
Here’s a link to NASA which has a good write-up and a nice artist’s rendition video:
Now it’s up to Rosetta and Philae to physically endure and continue operating on the comet as they reach perihelion (closest approach to the sun) in August – it will get hot at perihelion! Maybe the 67P G-P will start shooting out geysers of foul-smelling fart-like emissions; I mean it would be sad if Philae was destroyed by a gigantic comet fart – but it could happen so steel yourself emotionally just in case!
As far as our characterization of Klim and Svetlana; we have decided that Klim is a bad-guy name. Svetlana the rebel? She’s hot, but ends up she’s evil. Half-way through book 2 of your three-volume sci-fi thriller, The Smell of a Comet, Klim actually starts to see the light and turns into a kind of double-agent good-guy; but he’s too much of a putz, institutionalized, military goon to actually see his own demise coming – at the hands of Evil Svetlana by the end of Volume Two. Volume Three? Hey! That’s up to you! I can’t keep doing all the heavy lifting!