Extremely Good Math ?

4 Jan

January 03, 2014


According to NASA, when the comet landing took place on 67P, the lander “bounced”, and this “bounce” took “two hours”. Now, if the comet is traveling at 84,000 miles per hour, then two hours after the “bounce” began, the comet would be 168,000 miles away from where it was when the bounce began, two hours prior! So the lander would have had to bounce and travel for 168,000 miles during the “two hour bounce”.

So i guess NASA has extremely accurate scientific data on how to accurately “bounce” their landers, and if the miss the first try, why, it will bounce 168,000 miles and then land on it’s feet! That’s so amazing, it’s almost unbelievable! NASA’s work is even more “incredible” and “accurate” than i had previously imagined! I wonder what large mathematical formulas and calculus they use to calculate “bounce distance” and “bounce recovery” ?

From NPR:
“The Philae lander bounced right out of its planned landing zone, the ESA says. And engineers are also worried that its solar panels could be too shaded to allow it to recharge its batteries.

In a news conference Thursday, the agency said that when the lander bounced — a process that took more than two hours — the comet rotated beneath it. We’ll remind you that the comet’s diameter is about 4 kilometers, or 2.5 miles. So when Philae came down, it was as much as 1 kilometer from the first touch-down site.”



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