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I am curious, Don Yeoman from NASA, stated a few months ago, that Elenin is "A kind of wimpy comet..." implying that there is nothing out of the ordinary, it has no special points of interest or features to it....why would the scientific community take an interest in- and waste money, time and resources on studying it, unless there is something that we are not being told about....The Messenger and the Express are respectively assigned to study Mars and Venus, why use them too? Please elaborate on this comment. We would like to know exactly who in the scientific community is taking an interest in Elenin and why....
Dr. Yeomans is right, but if we can obtain very interesting observation as a buy-product, by existing spacecrafts, why not? Comet Elenin is ordinary comet by phisical parameters, but it orbit makes it possible to study it more detail.
Originally posted by ChachiArcola
It sure is getting a lot of attention for being such a small and insignificant little comet. I mean, all this telescope and viewing time makes it seem like there might be more to this. But, I'm sure I'm wrong because the skeptics and NASA say so. Well cool then, it is a fun science experiement anyways.
Originally posted by here4awhile
essentially...it's getting attention because it's close...and because we can...lol...