XKCD Live-Cartoons the Philae Comet Landing and Creates Amazing 142-Frame Animation

Thursday, 13 November 2014 - 11:12AM
NASA
Philae/Rosetta
Thursday, 13 November 2014 - 11:12AM
XKCD Live-Cartoons the Philae Comet Landing and Creates Amazing 142-Frame Animation

Webcomic XKCD live-sketched the Philae comet landing yesterday, and the results are amazing. They've essentially created an Apollo 13/Right Stuff narrative starring a personified and adorable Philae.

 

Philae Landing

 

Here is the full animation composed of all the sketches:

 

XKCD Comet Landing 

 

Here are some of the highlights:

 

Philae Landing

 

Philae Landing

 

The status updates provide some of the best humor ("Do harpoons work on comets: Hopefully"):

 

Philae Landing

 

"Has anyone tried this before: Nope":

 

Philae Landing

 

"Do harpoons work on comets: "Hopefully":

 

Philae Landing

 

"Philae Lander: Thinking about rocks":

 

Philae Landing

 

"Comet 67P: Big":

 

Philae Landing

 

Philae Landing

 

"Philae Lander: Brave":

 

Philae Landing

 

"Earth: Far Away":

 

Philae Landing

 

Philae Landing

 

Whee!

 

Philae Landing

 

Philae is much braver than the rest of us:

 

Philae Landing

 

"Do harpoons work on comets: YES":

 

Philae Landing

 

"Scientists: [Wine]":

 

Philae Landing

 

!!!

 

Philae Landing

Science
Space
NASA
Philae/Rosetta

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