Today, an unmanned satellite was deployed from a rocket called the Rosetta Project. The entire project was to have an unmanned satellite land on an asteroid. Then, the satellite was to take photos of the sights from the asteroid and take drill samples to study. This might seem easy however it was actually very difficult. There were endless calculations to do. The gravitation pull and push, the orbit speed, the amount of thrust needed for the unmanned satellite to land perfectly and much more. People in the project spent thousands of hours just doing the calculations. Preparations, programming, and approval of projects took even longer. The project started in 2004 and was the beginning of a long arduous journey. The rocket carrying the space probe satellite was launched in 2004. It traveled for many years using the gravitational pull of the sun. Finally, on November 12th, 2014, the rocket was near the asteroid that was the target of the mission. It was floating between Mars and Jupiter. The probe was deployed. It successfully landed on the surface of the asteroid. As this happened billions of miles away from Earth, people from the European Space Agency command center let out a great sigh of relief. The landing was no exactly smooth. The probe landed on a rocky and uneven region. Only one of the drills that were intended to penetrate the asteroid worked. This makes the job harder because of the instability of the probe itself. The probe already took picture of the sights of the asteroid. The next thing the probe will do is insert a drill core to get samples from the asteroid.
Many people say this project was very significant because it could clarify many unknown facts about asteroids. We currently can only guess many features of an asteroid and don’t know much about it. Many people are hoping that with this latest project, people would understand more about asteroids and their movement. This is very true; however, the cons overtake the pros of this project easily.
This project was very costly. In fact, it costs over a billion dollars. Many countries need the money to help ease the debt. That was a billion dollars basically wasted. I say wasted because I don’t gain anything from this. Only the scientists will get gain from this. The sole reason of this was to clarify facts on asteroids. Also, the entire project is in the air, literality. Two-thirds of the securing mechanisms didn’t even work properly and the risk of the probe slipping out from the surface of the asteroid is imminent. We can’t get the billion dollars back because doing this project will have no affect on our global economy what-so-ever. What is the point of this then? This is one of the most lavished and pathetic ways to treat money I can think of. Literally, these people are sending money into the air —-that most likely, will never come back to Earth.
This money could have been better spent investing in infrastructure, education, healthcare, and disease combats like Ebola. Why would one spend such money on something of so little significance? The world needs money. We can explore the universe once we have the major issues on Earth solved and figured out. This is truly outrageous.
Guys… Don’t support this BS. This is an insult to people who live in third world countries. Think about all the poor little children in the world who are so helpless. A billion dollars would have been spent to help those children. I truly fell horrible for the children in Africa. I hope no more of this crap happens again. Money should be regarded as a luxury, not as something that comes easily.
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