Today\’s Guardian editorial nonsense

The US space agency Nasa has announced the ultimate smash-and-grab raid: the first attempt to collect a handful of asteroid rock and bring it back to Earth. There are three reasons why astronomers and space buffs should cheer the seven-year, $800m robot mission and one reason why they should sob.

And in the comments:

I\’m a bit perplexed what the author means about being \”the first attempt to collect a handful of asteroid and bring it back to earth\”. The Japanese probe Hayabusa was the first to attempt this, from asteroid 25143 Itokawa, and also the first to succeed, returning to Earth on 13th June 2010, with a small sample. It\’s a bit late to be first.

Still, better than most of their economic coverage which is usually 50 years out of date.

 

One comment on “Today\’s Guardian editorial nonsense

  1. “Scheduled for launch in 2016, the OSIRIS-REx mission will return the first samples ever taken from a special type of asteroid holding clues to the origin of the solar system and likely organic molecules that may have seeded life on Earth.”

    So to try an up the ante compared to the Japs, Nasa used the term “first” in their PR. The lazy churnalist (though under great time pressure will be the excuse) just used the word “first” without reading the PR properly nor copying properly.

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