...Elegy for Sun Rock.





The obelisk, the Greek word used by Herodotus, was originally called tekhenu by the Ancient Egyptians





to whom the obelisk was a symbol of the sun
of the sun god Ra, ruler of human destinies
or a ray of the sundisk Aten






An obelisk is a petrified ray.





It was was said to contain the god itself,
and some believe it to represent the vertical,
atmospheric effect of solar pillars.






Two obelisks were found at Philae, in Egypt in 1815.
Along with the grandiorite tri-lingual Rosetta stone,
the granite bi-lingual Philae obelisk unlocked a translation of Egyptian heiroglyphs.












The Great Comet of 1882 came by, sixty-seven years after the Philae obelisk was found.
It got very close to the Sun during a total solar eclipse, with totality viewable from no other
place than Egypt. Accounts and drawings report it was was brighter than the Sun's corona.












The two Egyptian inscribed rocks became the namesakes for the Rosetta space probe mission launched on March 2004.
It carried with it a lander, named Philae. The mission was sent to make a detailed study of the comet
67P aka Churyumov-Gerasimenko; an icy rock that came from the Kuiper Belt.












Rosetta reached the comet 10 years later, on August 2014.
I was in my office watching the live feed.
There was no happier person than this scientist captured hugging a stranger after waiting for 10 years.






Philae landed on comet 67P in November, just weeks later.
The first spacecraft to land on the solid, central part of the comet
(its nucleus)






As with the Rosetta spacecraft that carried it there, lander Philae was meant to run on solar power.





Philae bounced
around about the comet

found itself in the shadow
without power

without sun






On its grand finale on September 30, 2016, spacecraft Rosetta joined lander Philae, and descended on the comet 67P aka Churyumov-Gerasimenko.