The language of science

Friday, 14 November, 2014

On Wednesday evening, the European Space Agency’s Philae Lander touched down on 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko and relief was widespread when it tweeted the news of its safe descent from the Rosetta orbiter. As is the custom of this new medium when something dramatic happens, the original tweet was retweeted (i.e. shared) generously. Philae informed the world of its historic achievement in 18 languages, but with nearly 36,000 retweets, one is almost double the other 17 added together.

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