Philae Lander Silent After Streaming Data on Comet 67p/Churyumov-Gerasimenko: Abrupt End to Historic Mission?

November 16, 2014 6:12 PM

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The Philae lander was the first spacecraft to every touch down on the surface of a comet, but failed to land in the planned location. (Photo : European Space Agency)

The Philae lander fell silent soon after landing on a comet, as batteries failed, quickly ending the first-ever mission to the surface of a comet. The vehicle lost communication with Earth on November 15.

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