ESA Lands on Comet 67P

A space probe just landing on a moving comet. They say it is like hitting a golf ball and having it land on the moon. This is a very rare and interesting event indeed. It took 10 years for the probe to reach the comment. Then it also had to achieve the difficult task of actually remaining on the comet. The event will hold a place in the history books for sure.

The Washington Post used an Imperial Star Destroyer from Star Wars to compare the comet’s size. Way to get people into the story and current events by reaching them with nerd humor!

This is pretty cool:


Comet 67P, to be visited by Rosetta/Philea. Approximately 6 km total length, long axis


ASTEN Space Settlement, designed by Eric Yam. 1.7km high, 1km diameter


Super Star Destroyer, 19.0km (Official), Please see for an alternate length and discussion. Image originally drawn by Chad Wilson

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This is not the first size comparison we’ve seen for 67P. In the leadup to this morning’s touchdown, we’ve seen it depicted beside (or on top of) Los Angeles, Mt. Fuji, and even a Borg Cube. Perhaps somebody should make room for 67P on this starship comparison chart. (via

Lisa Clark

Lisa has been an avid gamer since she was old enough to hold her first controller and a game writer for more than a decade. A child of the Nintendo generation, she believes they just don’t make games like they used to but sometimes, they make them even better! While consoles will always be her first love, Lisa spends most of her gaming time on the PC these days- on MMOs and first-person shooters in particular.