Reply to post: Re: Philae Phail

ATTACK of the FLYING MOUNTAIN: 2004 BL86 goes by like a BULLET


Re: Philae Phail

Because it's moving a heck of a lot faster than the one Philae landed on. Orbital mechanics are tricky, but the idea is to get into roughly the same orbit as the comet (matching speed and heading, Captain), and the Rosetta target was a lot closer to earth's than this one will be (given it orbits the sun every 200 years compared with 67P's 6 year period).

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