The Unbound

Even outer space is compromised by Time when battery life runs out. But not before a plucky probe, made in Stevenage, UK, managed to make history’s first-ever soft landing on a briskly moving comet.

The Philae lander’s big bounce off the speeding surface was photo’d by its orbiting mothership, Rosetta. Anchoring harpoons hadn’t fired as planned, so its sturdily engineered body actually bounced twice before settling in a bit awkwardly. Philae promptly commenced sending priceless data to earth, as instructed.

A few days later its luck ran out. Silence. So is this, the latest spawn of scientists, now the loneliest artefact in the universe?

Or might it yet revive, one day,  to astonish the world of earthlings so far away but so questing?

One thought on “The Unbound

  1. No, the loneliest artefact in the universe is a NASA spacecraft that has left our solar system in about 2002. It is now heading out into the vast unknown, literally a few BILLION miles. This little EU Space Agency offering is a mere 300 million miles or so away. The one that left the solar system was made for the purpose of being discovered by another life form. It carries in it all recognizable stuff (recordings, pictures, small objects like a CD etc) from our civilization, so if some alien gets hold of it he will know we exist. A cry for help. We are a lonely lot full of self-importance aren’t we?


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