Comet lander: Future of Philae probe 'uncertain' The Philae lander has attempted to drill into the surface of comet 67/P, amid fears that its battery may die in hours. Researchers at Esa say the instrument is being deployed to its maximum extent despite the risk of toppling the lander. Scientists hope they will also be able to capture some samples for analysis in the robot's onboard laboratories. If the battery dies the results may not make it back to Earth.
November 12, 2014: The European Space Agency's Rosetta spacecraft and Philae lander made history. The lander successfully made it to the surface of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. Scientists confirmed the landing at a little bit after 11 a.m. EST (1600 GMT).
Philae lander still missing on comet Paris (UPI) Jan 6, 2015 - Recent reconnaissance efforts by the Rosetta probe failed to turn up new information about the whereabouts of the currently silent Philae lander. The small rover, roughly the size of a dishwasher, is missing somewhere on Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko's surface. Earlier this month
Incredible Images Show Philae As It Drifted Across The Comet Surface
As Philae descended towards Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko last Wednesday, the OSIRIS camera aboard the Rosetta satellite tracked its progress. The ESA has now released this stunning mosaic showing the probe as it drifted across and bounced on the surface.
Head of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko where the Philae probe launched from the Rosetta craft, landed. The orbiting Rosetta satellite photographed this general location on 12, 13 and 14 December. As 67P moves closer to the Sun, lighting conditions for the robot should improve, allowing its solar cells to recharge the battery system.
The Philae lander on the distant comet 67P has re-established radio contact with its orbiting Rosetta satellite and is sending data from the surface. It ends a tense wait for the European Space Agency (Esa), amid fears that the lander\'s battery was about to die. Scientists will be most keen to see if the probe has managed to get a surface sample of the comet with its drill. Philae descended to 67P on Wednesday - the first time such a feat has been achieved. The probe has been sending ...
Close-up of The Philae lander's landing site seen 30km away from the cometthe region containing Philaes primary landing site. The mosaic comprises two images taken by Rosetta's OSIRIS narrow-angle camera taken on Sept. 14, 2014 from a distance of about 30 km. Philae lander dropped towards Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko by the European Space Agency's Rosetta satellite -