No word from the Philae lander until April at the earliest, Rosetta scientists say

March 23, 2015 1:17 PM

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No word from the Philae lander until April at the earliest, Rosetta scientists say

It's been months now since the European Space Agency's Rosetta spacecraft, currently orbiting Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, dropped its little lander Philae onto the surface and made history. Just days after its bumpy landing -- the first controlled landing of any manmade object on a comet -- Philae disappeared.

It didn't have enough sun exposure to keep itself operational, and Rosetta wasn't able to spot it on camera during its passes over the presumed resting place. So after several days of furiously acquiring data and running tests, Philae went to sleep. And Rosetta scientists said they'd do their best t...

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