Data Capture, Main Reason for Historic Comet Landing

Rosetta Philae Landing, November 12, 2014

With the entire planet watching today, the human race tests the limits of technology as it attempts to land a rover on a moving comet.  According to the European Space Agency (ESA), Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko is 500 million kilometers from Earth or roughly 310.7 million miles.

“Navigation accuracy is the key,” said ESA officials at the media briefing accompanying today’s live Webcast (link below for your convenience).  When asked about the risk associated with the mission, the ESA’s response left little ambiguity:

“You won’t get anything if you don’t take a risk.  The risk is worth taking because the rewards are enormous.”

The ESA further went on to describe the comet as a “treasure chest of information waiting to be unlocked” with data about the comet’s geography and atmosphere — which apparently smells like rotten eggs and alcohol due to methane.

It may seem a stretch to compare digitizing your paper files, or updating that old document management system from the 1990s, to a comet landing.  However, we now hold more technology in our hands every day than we landed on the moon with, forty-plus years ago.

 Is it all that different?

In the end, it boils down to navigating, accessing, mining and evaluating data to discover new opportunities and learn from our cosmic and commercial past.

Data Capture, Main Reason for Historic Comet Landing

From the ESA media briefing:

“Evaluating that data tells us everything is OK.”

It may seem similarly difficult to transition your paper files into a business data “treasure chest” which instantly “unlocks” upon request, and provides mission-critical data on demand.

It can be challenging, but it’s a lot easier than landing on a comet half a billion miles away.  A lot easier.  We promise.

We are embracing and learning about new technology on a macro (even global) level, but also on an individual, micro level as well.  It’s part of our everyday lives now, and this comet landing just highlights that

Last week, we celebrated World Paper Free Day with AIIM, and gave examples of how we culturally embraced the technology of Xerox and mobile devices, making our lives much different — ultimately, so much better — with options we never knew were possible before the wide-spread adoption of these technological tools. ( specializes in helping clients achieve paper-free (or less paper) status with instant access to their important documents — anytime, anywhere.  Yes, we scan paper files, but we also offer a wide range of services from document imaging and management, wide-format scanning, digital forms processing, to document management consultation services. We specialize in confidentiality and security for regulated industries, and to keep your data safe from prying eyes.

Full Disclosure:  You do need an Internet connection, so perhaps you won’t be able to retrieve your data from the Philae Lander or Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, but you’re good to go from most places on this planet, thanks to our secure cloud and remote data access solutions, and our free app.

If you don’t know where to start, visit us at to request a Free Assessment of your data situation and demands.  We tailor our services to you.  We will help.

Let’s not hear, “Houston (Dallas), we have a problem” because you can’t access the information you need.  Data Capture, Main Reason for Historic Comet Landing

Information is survival.

For comet landings and organizations.

P.S. Want to hear Captain Kirk’s take?  Here’s William Shatner:

P.P.S  Want to hear the comet “sing” or “purr”?

“Rosetta’s Plasma Consortium (RPC) has uncovered a mysterious ‘song’ that Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko is singing into space. The comet seems to be emitting a ‘song’ in the form of oscillations in the magnetic field in the comet’s environment. It is being sung at 40-50 millihertz, far below human hearing. To make the music audible to the human ear, the frequencies have been increased in this recording: “
Source:  European Space Agency via

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Rosetta #CometLanding webcast

Live webcast from ESA mission control, when Europe’s Rosetta spacecraft dispatches the Philae lander to make the first-ever touchdown on a comet. Official hashtag: #CometLanding

Data Capture, Main Reason for Historic Comet Landing

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