Nasa goes all Ahab and plans to harpoon a comet
Man has always hunted. Even before prehistory ditched the ‘pre’ part of its name and became just history, man has used harpoons to make the hunt easier – especially when there was water involved.
Before history even considered dropping its prefix, hunters used long sharp pointy things to spear fish. But sometimes the fish slipped off the end. Then some bright spark had the idea of putting a barbed end on the sharp pointy thing and the harpoon was born.
For centuries, the harpoon was the weapon of choice for hunting at sea but, lately, it has fallen out of vogue.
Nasa are planning to rehabilitate the harpoon but, instead of hunting whales at sea, they will be hunting comets in space.