Sunday, November 30, 2014

Wanderers: A Short Film

I don't know what else to say.  This is amazing and inspiring.  I hope we find a way to make this future a reality sometime soon.

Wanderers - a short film by Erik Wernquist from Erik Wernquist on Vimeo.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Landing on a Comet: A Love Song

For those of you who somehow haven't heard the news, a man made space craft has landed on a comet for the first time.  Hello 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko!

The Rosetta mission has been in the works for a long time.  This mission was approved in 1993, and the craft itself was launched in 2004.  You can see a timeline of the mission HERE.  This is an amazing moment, not only for the ESA, but for humanity as a whole.  Let's celebrate!

You can also hear the comet "sing" to you!  Apparently the sound is caused by weak oscillations in 67P's magnetic field.  You can find a more in-depth explanation for this HERE.  Keep in mind, we wouldn't normally be able to hear these sounds.  The frequency has been increased by a fair bit (about 10,000 times) to make your enjoyment possible.

A big congratulations and thank you to all the scientists who made this achievement possible!