Rosetta Has Become the First to Orbit a Comet

Rosetta has finally arrived at Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. This is this year’s solar system encounter, and it should prove to be a very interesting one. The comet is strangely shaped, and the pictures Rosetta has returned are amazing. Later this year, in November, the lander Philae will land on the comet and we’ll have our first view of a comet from the ground.Next year’s great encounters are with the dwarf planets Pluto and Ceres.

This blog post I’m reblogging has a great list of links you can check out.

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Image Credit & Copyright: ESA Rosetta Spacecraft.

Not going to spend a lot of time going into details as you would have to be living under a rock to not know the more than 10 year story of the European Space Agency’s Rosetta mission.  But instead I wanted to offer congratulations and thank all involved with the mission for a great success this morning in becoming the first to ever enter into orbit around a comet.  Yet another great achievement by ESA and its partners.

Aside from the WOW factor this mission has in content and imagery it’s been a real treat to see the world follow along with nervous anticipation as the last few weeks and months unfolded.  The mission however, has only just begun.  They must still land the Philae lander later this year and then ride the comet around the Sun.

As I understand it, the spacecraft…

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Living in a Fantasy World

Have you ever read a fantasy novel and thought to yourself, “I’d love to live there!”  I have, but I think most fantasy worlds would be terrible to live in.

Westeros

The main continent of A Song of Ice and Fire by George R. R. Martin is the hot topic these days with the Game of Thrones TV series being very popular.  But is it a good place to live or even visit?  This is pretty obvious. It’s a war zone.  Everywhere you go is unsafe.  People are getting killed all the time, and there doesn’t seem to be any single place you can live in peace.  Would I want to live there?  Not a chance.  Would I like to visit?  Maybe in peacetime.

The Four Lands

This is the main setting for Terry Brooks’ Shannara series of novels.  It’s a pretty standard fantasy world with elves, dwarves, and magic.  It seems quite fantastic.  I’d love to visit the Ellcrys in Arborlon, the city of Kern, and run around in Leah.  Shady Vale is a nice, peaceful place.  But would I want to live there?  Probably not.  Throughout the novels, some pretty bad things happen, and pretty much no one is safe during those times.  Visit, yes.  Live, no.

Pern

Okay, so Anne McCaffrey’s Pern is technically a science fiction world, but with the lack of technology due to low resources and the abundance of dragons, it’s very fantasy-like.  So, I will include this world.  Some of the engineering feats seem incredibly fascinating to me.  The Holds are built into mountains, and I’d love to explore around them.  The Weyrs are incredibly interesting.  I’d also love to see them.  I want to see the dragons, too.  This would be an amazing place to visit.  But would I want to live there?  Actually, yes.  I know life can be difficult, especially during threadfall, but the society there is fascinating to me.  I’d get into some kind of Crafthall and study, hopefully becoming a Master.  Living in a Weyr could be interesting, too.

So, there we have it.  Westeros is no on both living and visiting.  Awful place, even though I can’t seem to stop reading it.  The Four Lands are a nice place to visit, but I wouldn’t want to live there.  Pern would be a very interesting place to live and visit.

How about you?  What is a fantasy world you’d love to live in?  How about one you’d never want to visit?  Or one you’d like to visit, but not live?  Leave your thoughts in the comments below.