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Rosetta Landing is a Triumph of European Cooperation

by jamesbaker on 13 November, 2014

This week mankind for the first time ever managed to land on a comet. The Philae probe  had a bumpy landing, but successfully touched down on Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. This immense achievement is the accumulation of a 10 year project undertaken by the European Space Agency. It just goes to show what mankind can achieve when it works together and puts aside the rivalries of nations that plagued previous centuries. 100 years ago Europe was torn apart by World War One, today we are working together, pushing forward the boundaries of science and space exploration. That’s something we can all be proud of, and it underlines more then ever the need for us to work closely with our European brothers and sisters.

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  1. Robert Swift says:

    What a load of twaddle.
    Are you saying that without this space probe, we wouldn’t have had European co-operation?

    Are you trying to say that spending millions of pounds/euros of tax payers money on this space venture is a good enough reason for staying in a European Union which is way past it’s sell by date?

    Are you saying that this (basically failed) space venture was worth all of those millions when there is so much poverty on this earth?

    Do you really believe in all of of the hype? At the end of the day, this space venture has achieved absolutely NOTHING!

    • jamesbaker says:

      We would still obviously have European co-operation without the space probe, we have the EU for starters. I’m saying it’s a good example of European co-operation in a shared scientific and human endeavour.

      The European Space Agency is separate from the European Union, just as the European Court of Human Rights is also a separate international organisation. I think it’s a good example of what we can achieve when we work together rather than competing as nations. The European Union is just one of those ways in which we can work together, although it isn’t perfect and needs reforming.

      It wasn’t ‘basically failed’, it landed on the comet, collected samples such a complex organic molecules and managed to beam data back about these before its battery ran out. If you think learning about the world, scientific pursuit is worthless that’s one thing but to say it was a failure is simply untrue and is an injustice to everyone who worked on it.

      The question about what you spend money on is a good one. We should spend money on tackling poverty which is why Liberal Democrats have protected the international aid budget in government and will protect it if we are in government again. I would say that scientific research is one area we shouldn’t cut back on, and we should look at cutting things like the amount of money we give pop starts, military, footballers and entertainers before we start cutting spending on science.

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