Building the World

Long Shot to Success



Landing on a Comet – Image: European Space Agency

On November 12, 2014, the European Space Agency made history. It was a long shot. A ten-year voyage, traversing 500 million kilometers (310 million miles), the Rosetta Mission ended successfully with a perfect landing on Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. Space exploration might be said to have begun with Sputnik (1957), progressed through the lunar landing by NASA (1969); but 2014 may mark a further leap for humankind to what Gerard O’Neill called the “high frontier.” Where should future missions aim?

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Building the World Blog by Kathleen Lusk Brooke and Zoe G Quinn is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License.

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