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Comment: Re:A good slice of luck. (Score 2) 35

The lander does not have any capability to steer itself once released. The orbiter will reduce it's orbit down to 10km and the lander will be pushed away from the orbiter at walking speed, if there is a boulder underneath, there is no way to maneuver away to another landing location. This is why there is a lot of luck involved.Gravity is very low, if there were an astronaut on the surface they could jump off and achieve escape velocity. The lander does not have any way to slow down when it nears the surface and when it makes contact it will harpoon the surface and use screws to secure it down securely.

+ - Hidden Archeology of Stonehenge Revealed in New Geophysical Map->

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+ - Rosetta's Lander Philae Snaps Mind-Blowing Comet Selfie->

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astroengine (1577233) writes "You’d be hard-pressed to find a more impressive “selfie” than this! Attached to the European Space Agency's comet-chasing spacecraft Rosetta, the Philae lander opened one of its robotic eyes when the mission was orbiting comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko at a distance of only 50 kilometers (31 miles) on Sunday. With two high-contrast exposures, the lander captured one of Rosetta’s solar panels in the foreground with the comet behind."
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Comment: Re:And low-emission transport trucks, too (Score 1) 491

by wooferhound (#47869043) Attached to: To Really Cut Emissions, We Need Electric Buses, Not Just Electric Cars

Never going to happen. The energy density of kerosene is at least fifty times that of lithium cells. Even with ten fold advances in battery tech it's simply not going to be feasible.

So even in a post oil world, we'd have to synthesize longer hydrocarbons to fly, I'd think.

I thought the Transparent Aluminum battery was capable of powering a jetliner ?

Fools ignore complexity. Pragmatists suffer it. Some can avoid it. Geniuses remove it. -- Perlis's Programming Proverb #58, SIGPLAN Notices, Sept. 1982