67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko And The Rosetta Space Probe

Nearly ten and a half years ago, a few hundred apes took aim at a tiny chunk of rock and ice in the stars and shot an even tinier chunk of metal and plastic at it. Their little chunk went around the sun five times and had to go to sleep for two and a half years, but when it woke up, the two chunks met up, just as the apes had intended over a decade earlier. And the apes accomplished this using explosives and math, and wonderful, irrepressible human imagination.

So, for a moment, forget Ebola. Forget Gaza. Forget climate change, and celebrities, and all the other stupid, stupid things we do. Today, I’m damned proud of my fellow apes. Today, at least for a little while, we are pretty fucking cool.

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