Here at Pale Blue Blog, we are attempting to join in on the #FollowFriday fun! If this statement puzzles you, then you are probably not on Twitter. That’s ok though, according to The Oatmeal, most tweeters aren’t up to snuff with how #FollowFriday is supposed to work, so you’re probably not missing out on much!
This week we’d like to highlight the great coverage of the recent Rosetta mission to comet 67P. The world held its breath as we waited for the Philae spacecraft to land on the comet, something that hasn’t been done before. Things didn’t go exactly according to plan when Rosetta arrived at the comet. First the comet turned out to have a very odd duck-like shape and the team had to figure out new ways to orbit the comet and land Philae. Next, as Philae was landing, there was much confusion as to whether or not it fired its harpoons and where exactly it was. It turned out that the harpoons never fired and Philae had two slow bounces placing it in an unfavorable location for sunlight to reach its solar panels.
As a spectator tuning in online here and there, I was quite confused, as I’m sure many other onlookers were.
It landed, but they don’t know where it is? Wait, did Philae fire its harpoons? Bouncing? WHAT IS THE DEAL, PHILAE? ARE YOU ALIVE? Woah… what’s up with that dudes shirt? OMG…twitter just exploded from #shirtstorm.
Luckily, the Planetary Society had an excellent science writer and communicator stationed in the front lines to give us detailed updates that were digestible to the layperson. And that person is our #FollowFriday nominee: Emily Lakdawalla. Her normal day job is epic – The Planetary Science’s Senior Editor and Planetary Evangelist. For most of us in the planetary sciences Emily Lakdawalla is a household name. She has a huge passion for communication and she does it well, really really reallly reeeeeeaaaaaalllllllllllly well. If you don’t know about her yet, please get to know her via her blog, follow her on Twitter, or on Facebook. Thank you Emily, for communicating science and being an inspiration for many science communicators and enthusiasts, we applaud you!