Philae Falls Silent as Batteries Die; Initial Phase of Comet Mission Completed

November 16, 2014 10:00 AM

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(Photo : ESA/Rosetta/Philae/CIVA) Rosetta’s lander Philae is safely on the surface of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, as these first two CIVA images confirm.

After its historic landing on Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko last Nov. 12, the Philae robotic lander managed to send readings and scientific data back to Earth despite problems with its power supply. Controllers said this will be the last transmission since Philae's failing batteries automatically ...

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