Saturday, September 06, 2008

Island In Space

Out beyond the orbit of Mars, on its way to rendezvous with comet 67/P Churyumov-Gerasimenko, ESA's Rosseta spacecraft has just flown past asteroid Steins. Here's a brief movie of the encounter. We've grown so used to seeing scenes like this in SF movies that it takes a small effort of imagination to kindle our sense of wonder and remember that this is the real deal: real rock, real spacecraft.

Is it just me, or does it look like there's a face carved on the back side of the asteroid as it dwindles into the outer dark?


Blogger The Spirit of Creative Writing said...

A face? You mean Mr Potato Head?

September 07, 2008 10:19 pm  
Blogger Paul McAuley said...

That's what it looked like! Of course. It's a Toy Story ad. I foresee a future war in which rival robot sculpting crews battle for supremacy in the asteriod belt.

September 08, 2008 10:23 am  

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