Sleeping Philae, Finally Spotted, Could Still Wake Up | The Christian Times

November 20, 2014 1:29 AM

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Sleeping Philae, Finally Spotted, Could Still Wake Up | The Christian Times

After finally spotting the refrigerator-sized probe on comet 67P Churyumov-Gerasminko on Monday, the European Space Agency said there is still a chance that the sleeping robot could continue its epic journey across four billion miles of space.

This will happen if it reawakens in the coming weeks or months as the comet flies closer to the Sun. More sunlight means more energy to recharge the lander's batteries, said Dr. Stephan Ulamec, the Rosetta mission's Philae Lander Manager at the DLR German Aerospace Center in Darmstadt, Germany.

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