Philae probe outshined by ‘Sexist’ shirt
After a 10-year journey, the Philae Probe made a rocky landing on a comet; but a scientist’s shirt inadvertently stole the limelight.
The Philae Probe was launched in 2004 in an effort to learn more about the origin of the solar system. The probe bounced twice on its tripod-resembling legs when landing, but successfully sent back images of the comet believed to be more than four billion years old. Back on Earth, between hugs and excitement, a controversial shirt was topic of discussion as Tech writer, Rose Eveleth, commented on scientist Matt Taylor’s choice of clothing:
No no women are toooootally welcome in our community, just ask the dude in this shirt. https://t.co/r88QRzsqAm pic.twitter.com/XmhHKrNaq5 — Rose Eveleth (@roseveleth) November 12, 2014
Rose further said that the shirt featuring sexy women in underwear ruined ‘the cool comet landing’ for her, before referring to him as an ‘asshole’. Twitter did provide her some support describing the shirt as ‘sexist’ and inappropriate for broadcast, but of course her opinion encouraged negative responses:
Seriously, @roseveleth quit your bitching. The fact that you see this shirt as a problem, simply says volumes about YOU, not him. — Coach Sahil M. (@hardcore_ts) November 13, 2014
@roseveleth Sometimes try sex. You’ll be better. — dr_x (@drx001) November 13, 2014
@destroyed4com4t In my point of view – Calling anyone a sexist based on his shirt without knowing the person is inpolite. — Jens E. Hummelmose (@hummelmose) November 14, 2014
The excitement was cut short due to the probe’s limited battery life of 30 hours. Due to landing awkwardly, sunlight is restricted to ‘1.5 hours of illumination every 12 hour rotation of the comet’, which is not likely to sufficiently recharge the battery but at least we will still have a shirt to talk about down here.