We learn a lot about ourselves from the newspapers. When the Times reported the launch of the comet-hunting
Ten years later, after
The comet, which is about 400 million kilometres from earth, appears to be composed of two lumps of rock, one smaller than the other, so that it resembles a rocky rubber duck. To put its spacecraft into orbit around this oddity, with an eventual view to sending an instrument-laden craft to the surface in a controlled landing, the
The solution is this: initially,
The mission's aim is to discover what exactly the comet is made of. This ball of rock and ice formed at the same time as our solar system and should, if predictions are correct, contain complex organic molecules, the same stuff as terrestrial life is made from.
Such is the promise of the mission that the researchers have described comet 67P/ Chur yumo vG er a simenko as "scientific
The lander will touch down on the comet's surface - our first controlled landing on a comet - on 11 November. That will be Armistice Day, in the centenary year of the outbreak of the First World War. Most media reports will no doubt squander the chance to celebrate humanity's greater achievements, preferring that we wring our hands about history and yet fail to learn its lessons. Don't be distracted: there will be more insight to gain from
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