ESA Rosetta Spacecraft Can't Find Lander On Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko

January 5, 2015 9:34 PM

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ESA Rosetta Spacecraft Can't Find Lander On Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko

Efforts to locate Philae, the lost comet probe, have yet to yield any meaningful sign of the lander since its battery died in November. European Space Agency researchers still expect the craft to turn up, but the long outage could be a symptom of Philae’s rough landing on a comet nearly two months ago.

Initial clues about Philae’s location might be found in the trove of information it sent about Churyumov-Gerasimenko, the comet it landed upon on Nov. 12. It sent images and surface data about its location back to Earth but the mission was declared over just three days later when the spacecraft ente...

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