back to article Update - Boffins: COMETS are like FRIED ICE CREAM. Mmm

Boffins working for Caltech and NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory have created comet-like stuff in a cryostat. Along the way, they've decided that your average comet is kind of like fried ice-cream: squishy on the inside, crusty on the outside, with organic chemicals dusted on top. Both the ESA's Rosetta and NASA's Deep Impact …

  1. Mark 85 Silver badge

    I suppose then that hot fudge syrup and sprinkles wouldn't make them taste good then? Interesting analogy they used to say the least but the results of the science are mind-blowing.

  2. Khaptain Silver badge

    I read that wrong

    I read that as "Comments are like fried ice-cream" . I thought this was going to be about the ephemeral nature of thread comments....

  3. Zog_but_not_the_first


    Specifically a "Fab". But you'll need a "Zoom" to get to one.

  4. Anonymous Coward


    Have the scientists finally read "Lucifer's Hammer" ??

  5. tony2heads

    comet demo

    Know a guy who did science demo's with his version being:

    Dry Ice

    Water (freezes with dry ice)

    dusted with instant coffee granules.

    Seemed to match the spectroscopy quite well

    More like iced coffee than fried icecream.

  6. Mystic Megabyte

    No sale

    In space no-one can hear your ice-cream van :(

  7. Graham Marsden


    ... what flavour?

  8. Little Mouse Silver badge


    Their description sounds more like a Baked Alaska with sprinkles.

    Or maybe a sunburnt Vienetta.

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  10. Martin Silver badge

    Fairy floss?

    Here in England, it was always called candy floss when I was a kid. Never heard of fairy floss.

  11. MonkeyFeet

    Halley's cornet

  12. Stevie Silver badge


    So, in texture it is more like a fried Mars bar then?

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