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The View From Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko

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Articles Space
Daniel Andrlik
Daniel Andrlik lives in the suburbs of Philadelphia. By day he manages product teams. The rest of the time he is a podcast host and producer, writer of speculative fiction, a rabid reader, and a programmer.

The scientists learned much about the comet’s landscape. Dr. El-Maarry described its surface as very dark — reflecting just 3 to 4 percent of the sunlight that hits it. The darkness comes from a dearth of ice at the surface and an abundance of organic molecules.

Some areas are bare rock; others are smooth terrains buried in dust. “You can think of something like a sea of sand being surrounded by cliffs,” Dr. El-Maarry said.

The rocks are cracked with fissures.

“Anywhere we can see that surface and we have good enough resolution, we see fractures everywhere,” Dr. El-Maarry said.

Kenneth Chang, Rosetta Mission Ends With Spacecraft’s Dive Into Comet

This description is both lonely and beautiful. Imagine that dark desert, framed with broken cliffs, hurtling through the black of space.


Mars One Is Deeply Flawed
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Articles Space Tech Future
Elmo Keep’s interview with Mars One applicant Joseph Roche reveals that the program is deeply flawed. Indeed, some elements such as having applicants donate their speaking fees to the program in exchange for points even sounds like a scam.
Warren Ellis: On space travel
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Articles Future Space
This is a great Wired article by Warren Ellis on the current state of space travel and sums up my feelings as well. Some gems from the article: The single simplest reason why human space flight is necessary is this, stated as plainly as possible: keeping all your breeding pairs in one place is a retarded way to run a species.
Warren Ellis on Writing
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Articles Writing
This is the part of the job that doesn’t get talked about a lot, not least because it’s hard to talk about, but also because it doesn’t involve Productivity and Goals and The Magic Of Writering and The Grand Statement and all that good stuff in interviews.