Rosetta remains unable to contact Philae lander

March 23, 2015 11:52 AM

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Rosetta remains unable to contact Philae lander

The ESA sent out the Rosetta spacecraft years ago with the mission of meeting up with the Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. The mission has gone perfectly so far, but has now hit a snag. The Philae lander was sent down to the surface of the comet and worked continuously for 54 hours sending data back to Earth. However, the battery went dead since then Rosetta has been unable to establish contact with the lander for the last eight days.

The scientists are still hoping that contact can be made and there are numerous reasons why Philae may not have made contact yet. Those reasons include possibilities such as the lander being too cold to wake up. Philae may also not have collected the power resources it needs to send a signal to the ...

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