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History-Making Philae Lander Faces 'eternal Hibernation' on Comet


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Philae final resting place on comet

The final resting place of the Philae lander is seen here in a composite image relayed to Earth by the Rosetta orbiter. The lander is no longer communicating from comet 67P's surface.

Credit: ESA/Rosetta/Philae/CIVA

Exactly 15 months after it completed a seemingly impossible journey to land on the surface of a comet, the Philae lander now faces "eternal hibernation," as officials at the European Space Agency say the craft doesn't get enough sunlight to power its batteries.

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