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Reading the Rosetta mission


"A probe has travelled for 10 years, crossed 4bn miles, landed on a comet speeding at 34,000mph and done so within two minutes of its planned arrival. . ."

Jonathan Freedland rejoices. Others are less enthused.

The failure of Philae’s anchor harpoons to fire, so the little probe fell into the dark and expired from lack of sunlight, offers some readers a less than positive metaphor for the EU.

The mission is a tribute to British and European scientists and nations working together. It's not an ode to the EU.

Scientists and nations have often worked together outside a political union--the development of penicillin and aid to tsunami and earthquake victims spring to mind.

Can't wait to hear about the comet data that did survive.