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Story by Andrew Prozorov, Copy Editor

On November 12th, humanity took a spacecraft named Rosetta and a lander named Philae, and landed it on a comet. This is truly a huge moment for progression in science, as this can help us find out more about how life on Earth has come to be. In a process that took almost a whole day, a team of scientists got the lander to land successfully on Comet 67P. Philae attempted to land three times in about two hours until it made it.  This is humanity’s first landing on a comet, so this is a big deal.

Rosetta followed the comet and took an array of pictures then sent them back to the ESA (European Space Agency) on Earth. Although there were a few hiccups, such as with Philae losing power a tad earlier than expected, the mission went by smoothly. But landing wasn’t the only objective. Philae also had to research the comet itself. An instrument in Philae discovered an organic compound in the comet, which was originally believed to be in the comet’s atmosphere. This organic compound is really important because it has the carbon atom. Carbon, as many Bobcat scientists would know, is the basis of life on Earth.

This extraordinary moment in human history shows how much we can do as a society if we set our focus more on science and exploration. The comet landing was also a hit with social media. During the 24 hour landing, there were more tweets about the landing than Kim Kardashian.

Landing on a comet is a way of humanity looking back and trying to find out what our origins are. This comet is rich in chemical compounds necessary for us to learn about why we’re here. This landing proves that humanity can do wonderful things, and that we should actively seek to put more money into science, as much as we can.

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