Rosetta and Philae Presentation – The Final Cut?

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After the triumphant and dramatic finish to the Rosetta mission last week, I am gathering images and video for the final touches to my presentation and finishing video highlighting this spectacular mission.


Having followed this mission so avidly and for so long, even managing to capture it as a couple of streaks on camera as it shot past for a gravity assist after a year in space in 2005, I have been quite surprised at how emotional I feel now this mission has ended. Or should I be?

What a spectacular mission it has been. Hats off to everyone who has been involved in orchestrating this fantastic achievement and the spectacular outreach with the “Once upon a time” videos. That’s the true nature of humanity, not what we have to put up with on the news every day.

Showing the stark beauty of comet 67P’s geologically diverse nucleus, the brilliant achievement of the mission and being able to share that with in a fun way with so many people these past couple of years has made the whole mission come even more alive for me. I will miss reading the Rosetta blog to add the latest updates, although I’m sure some new science results and hi-resolution OSIRIS images will be released at some point, so my presentation may not be quite finished yet.

So if your local astronomical club haven’t booked me for this presentation yet, what are you waiting for?
And if I have already been, how about me coming back and finishing this wonderful story?

Rosetta & Philae, rest in peace on your rubber duck. You deserve it.


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