Sign In

Communications of the ACM

ACM News

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

View as: Print Mobile App Share: Send by email Share on reddit Share on StumbleUpon Share on Hacker News Share on Tweeter Share on Facebook
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.

From NPR
View Full Article



No entries found