Archive for November, 2014

New Zealand tech company Rakon’s special frequency-control technology is crucial to the space probe’s historic mission.
The Rosetta spacecraft and the Philae robotic landing craft above comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko.
The Rosetta spacecraft and the Philae robotic landing craft above comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko.

New Zealand engineers will be watching closely as a space probe attempts to hitch a ride on a comet streaking by at 66,000km/h early tomorrow morning.

Scientists have waited more than a decade for one of the most audacious space adventures ever – the European Space Agency’s attempt to land a scientific probe on the giant ball of ice and dust known as 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko.

They’ll find out about 5am tomorrow (NZT) whether their plan will work when the agency’s mission control centre in Darmstadt, Germany, gives its unmanned Rosetta space probe the final go-ahead to drop a lander on the comet.

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– AP, with additional reporting by  NZ Herald

[Read Even More] – Space probe ‘bounced’ in historic comet landing

 

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Carparthia III, is a fantasy sci-fi story written by Ian Fox (aka Zelgadis on Simtropolis).

The story follows the adventures of six friends as they are transported away from their home planet to the despotic moon Yseri.   Each in their own very different ways must then find the will to not only survive, but face the many and varied challenges that transpire along their journey.

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The background scenery, and cites in the story take their inspiration from Simcity 4.

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