The community that began with Southern Dragon’s Lakeside Diner continues. Today we collect news from outside the usual, and renew the discussion.
European efforts to land a craft on a comet will come to fruition soon, as Rosetta descends to the duck-shaped comet as its target after a journey of ten years’ length.
More than 249 million miles from where it was launched in March 2004, the spacecraft Rosetta will finally meet up with its target, Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko.
To get there, Rosetta has had to make four flybys of Mars and Earth, using their gravitational force as a slingshot to build up speed, and then entering a 31-month hibernation as light from the distant Sun became too weak for its solar panels.
It was awakened in January.
After braking maneuvers, the three-ton craft should on Wednesday be about 62 miles from the comet — a navigational feat that, if all goes well, will be followed by glittering scientific rewards.
The departure of one of Great Britain’s highest placed female political leaders put another light on Cameron’s handling of conflict in Gaza.
Lady Warsi said the prime minister had lost moral authority, undermined the national interest and deprived Britain of its historic role as an honest broker in the Middle East by refusing to condemn the aggressive Israeli response to the Hamas rocket attacks as disproportionate.
In her strongly worded resignation letter, whose morning publication came as a surprise to No 10, Warsi warned that ‘our approach and language during the current crisis in Gaza is morally indefensible [and] is not in Britain’s national interest.’
She also complained that Cameron’s response may become ‘a basis for radicalisation [which] could have consequences for us for years to come.’
Her departure came after internal argument inside the National Security Council over Cameron’s refusal to condemn the aggressive Israeli response to the Hamas rocket attacks.
Leader of the Grandmothers of the Plaza de Mayo Carlotto in Argentina received news that her long missing grandson has been located and they are to be reunited. The child was taken from his family during the regime of the last military dictatorship, his parents murdered.
‘I will not force the situation,’ Carlotto said when asked about the long-expected meeting with Guido. ‘The meeting will take place whenever he decides so, at Grandmother’s headquarters where all these reunions take place.’
Carlotto explained she never met Guido’s father but that her husband had met him. She said she is open to meet her that part of his grandson’s biological family.
Grandmothers’ president also referred to the family that raised her grandson. ‘We do not know much. We know that they lived in the countryside. They must have raised him well. They were farmworkers,’ she said.