The European Space Agency (ESA) landed on a comet on Wednesday in a remarkable first for space exploration.
Unfortunately it's almost a default to attribute any space innovation to the American space agency. And why? All they did was put a man on the Moon, maintain the bulk of a human habitat above Earth for 14 years and lead the effort to take us to Mars! Pah!
As a result a depressingly high number of people on Twitter think America just landed on a comet, not Europe.
(NB: NASA did have a role in the Rosetta mission (see below) just not a central one.)
NASA just landed something on a comet 317 million miles away from earth ... meanwhile, I can't even parallel park my truck— Dwight Alnor (@xtrik8) November 13, 2014
congrast NASA arrived in comet— Dean Manuel Hukubun (@DeanJR_) November 13, 2014
Congrats to @NASA about the whole comet-landing thing! I'll dig more info about this later.— Super Mastodon (@SuperMastodon) November 13, 2014
Nasa trying to find out whether life was brought to Earth by Comet billions of years ago...basically f*** you religion! #CometLanding 😂— Jαmεs Dεan ✯ (@JamesDeanGB) November 13, 2014
Dude NASA landed on a fucking comet and people care more about Kim K's greasy ass.— joe bragel (@joeythesmooch) November 13, 2014
Did NASA consult NORAD before landing their probe on Comet? NORAD already tracks Santa. Seems like in this day & age everything's monitored.— Tim Popple (@VoxPopple) November 13, 2014
Congrats to NASA landing on a comet 320 million miles away 🚀— Dorian Wright (@D_Wright_13) November 13, 2014
So today, NASA managed to land a probe on a comet hurdling through space. But all anyone cares about is a pic of Kim kardashian's nasty ass— GOLDMAN (@ItsGoldman66) November 13, 2014
NASA didn't land on a comet an European private company did...just so you know.— Dev (@Hoqat_) November 13, 2014
So Nasa really are going to land a probe on a Comet nucleus? Just like that huh?— Ricky (@Rickyboshe) November 13, 2014
It's pretty darn cool that @NASA landed a probe on a comet. I remember just enough physics to appreciate how absurdly difficult that was.— Will Pett (@willpett) November 13, 2014
So we, as in humanity just landed a spacecraft on a freaking comet. Damn
And by we I mean , the folks over at NASA— [insert cuss] (@j3thr0v1c) November 13, 2014
Astonishing photos of comet on which NASA has successfully landed on today! https://t.co/H0iDrBXMXE— Arpad Kertesz (@ArpadKertesz) November 13, 2014
For NASA's part it did obviously - and rightly - trumpet its part in the Rosetta mission:
But it also did the right thing and spent a good part of the day telling Twitter users that ESA, not itself, was behind Rosetta: