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July 27, 2016 / philosophermouseofthehedge

Sealed with a kiss

No point in prolonging it.

Quick. Like jerking off a band-aid stuck to the ouchie.

 Man holding woman.1934 Lobby card Twentieth Century/Columbia Pict. (USPD.

“Promise you’ll never leave me , Baby.” (USPD/

Her plan was to hobble along with the relationship until September.

Allow time for final words.

A socially acceptable distancing. Ceasing conversations

A graceful exit.

Guilt free.

But no.

Hard breaks. A rough abandonment.

Rocky end.

But wait! A moment of remorse?

He will not travel on alone.

With all communications cut.

With no hope of a reunion of any kind.

Landing probe Philae departing spacecraft Rosetta for the comet. (

“Parting is such sweet sorry, Rosetta. Be brave until we meet again. Love, Philae” Comet explorer departing spacecraft Rosetta for comet. (

Philae is to be joined by his companion of many years.

Together Rosetta and Philae have faced fire, ice, silences, and distances far from home.

Forced apart so each could concentrate on their assigned jobs, but still communicating as often as they could

Finally, last messages as time runs out for the spent explorer

Robot tweets farewell. (ESA/TWitter/

Rosetta is tired, too.

It’s been 12 years with the last two spent loyally circling Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko listening for her companion, the little comet explorer Philae, who was huddled under a cliff trying to recharge solar batteries and send information when possible. Her mission, too, is coming to an end.

1946 couple. Young man and woman building concrete block house. (Kluger

Companionship, a sense of purpose, appreciation of their work: what better measure of a life well lived? (Zoltan.fickr/

ESA has decided the two should be together. Always.

On September 30, 2016, Rosetta will begin a descent to the comet’s dusty surface while sending high-resolution images and valuable new data.

Once on the surface, Rosetta will grow silent – with Philae.

Sometimes you don’t need words when sitting close to a soul mate.

Phil, the Philosopher Mouse of the Hedge.

Worried it’s too late to send a last Twitter messages as he requested? (maybe not)

Try this: if you are outside looking at summer’s night sky, and send a smile with love to the brave pair. I’m sure the message will get there and warm their little circuits.






  1. sustainabilitea / Jul 27 2016 7:34 pm

    “So we’re going to say good-bye for the summer.” So sad. 😦



    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jul 28 2016 8:28 am

      They are together, accomplished their goals, and were admired by many. We should all be so lucky. Star light, star bright, wander far with great delight. Thanks for seeing them home


  2. Paul / Jul 27 2016 9:22 pm

    Good-bye little spacecraft. 😦


  3. Ally Bean / Jul 28 2016 7:58 am

    I’ve been following this story, too. I get tears in my eyes when I think about it. Who knew I could get sentimental over a little spacecraft?! I blame it on the movie WALL-E.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jul 28 2016 8:48 am

      Exactly. They try so hard – work in daunting conditions where humans fear to go – and communicate. All in all better than some humans?
      Now we have friends in high places. We can look up to them.
      Thanks for cheering them off


  4. Jane Dougherty / Jul 28 2016 10:27 am

    It is sad isn’t it? Thinking about them together in the coldness of space has always made me feel a sort of compassion for them.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jul 28 2016 10:46 am

      The brave and stoic. They are together – and the cold is better than heat for their circuits. Who knows? Happy trails little pioneers. Thanks for sending them bon voyage.

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  5. Littlesundog / Jul 29 2016 10:04 am

    I guess I’ve been under a rock! I didn’t know about this. As I look up into the heavens most every night here on Ten-Acre Ranch, I wonder about all of the amazement up there… things we never know about.

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  6. The Hook / Jul 29 2016 12:42 pm

    This is one blog I’ll never kiss off, my friend.

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  7. marthaschaefer / Jul 30 2016 4:21 pm

    Umm, does this mean we are leaving more trash in space? Will someone someday find them and wonder why we ditched them there?

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jul 30 2016 5:05 pm

      Any resemblance to a trash can is purely accidental and in the eyes of the beholder. More like utilitarian sculpture. A placecard of progress. Hopefully someday the pair will be found and romatic myths will be created by dreaming authors – like those about ancient artifacts found on earth by people in these times.
      Maybe they can recharge and jump start them to discover what images they were sending where….and those little goodbye tweets. Thanks for orbiting around here

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