I hate the word 'awesome'.

It is grossly overused [though thankfully that seems to be on the decline], and is generally used to describe the mundane and banal.  It is a word that is used without any consideration for its meaning – to inspire awe.

There are rare occasions though when the word is warranted, and yesterday saw such an occasion.

That mission to land a yoke on a comet was unbelievably spectacular.

Just think of the logistics.  They fired a rocket ten years ago.  They didn't fire it at the comet, they fired it at where they calculated the comet would be in ten years time.  That rocket had to travel four billion miles to end up beside a comet that is traveling at four thousand miles an hour.  One miniscule deviation would have seen the mission miss the comet by thousands of miles, yet they hit it bang on.

Not only that but they managed to drop a probe onto the comet's surface.  Just remember that no one has touched that probe for ten years.  Anything could have happened to it in that period but it worked.  Granted there are a couple of minor problems but compared to the overall mission I think those problems can be forgiven?

The sheer enormity of the figures involved must rank the Rosetta mission as one of space science's greatest achievements.  It is truly awesome.

The people who planned and executed the mission are true scientists.

Compared to them, those who purport to be scientists in the field of climate and health research are scum.  Can you imagine the outcome if the Rosetta Mission had relied on dodgy computer models, figures plucked out of their arses and distorted analysis of research?

While the Rosetta Mission is science at its best, those others who call themselves scientists aren't fit to even lick the boots of the Rosetta Team.


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Awesome — 13 Comments

    • I doubt they would dirty their hands in the grubby world of "public health" or climate.  Rosetta was pure science whereas the others are just vested interests corrupting the facts to fit their agendas.

  1. Yes, I agree with you Grandad – Awesome !
    I think the difference between this and Climate "Science" is that getting a "fridge-sized space bot" to a distant comet and then dropping it onto the surface from 20km up is that this is a well executed complex engineering task – and Climate "Science" is mostly making up barely plausible scary stuff to try and get the next grant cheque.
    Pity it looks like they won't be able to drill so we won't be able to see if there are LH amino acids, but still Awesome !

    • What worries me is the number of vested interests who stand to make a fortune out of "green energy".  Combine that with all the "carbon taxes" that we have to suffer and you're looking at amounts in the multiple billions if not the trillions world wide.

      It would be a terrible shame if the probe fails to work, but that doesn't detract from the enormity of the achievement?

  2. Did you know that the true meaning of Awful is 'full of awe'? So the sentence, My girlfriend is awful, really means that I and others (watch out you guys) behold my girlfriend with awe. She has a spiritual aura maybe. That's awesome, isn't it?

  3. It wasn't just the pure scientists involved with Rosetta. It was the scientists, engineers, technicians, mechanics/wrench turners, gofers and some guy pushing a broom during brainstorming session at 1:00 in the morning that suddenly looked up and said, "Hey, what if you did it this way instead?".

    Yes, a truly awesome mission. Just as awesome as the Voyager missions were (and both are still somewhat working last we heard).

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