Lost comet probe Philae sends message to Earth

Lost comet probe Philae sends message to Earth

Twitter account of the Philae probe sent message, saying ‘Hello Earth! Can You Hear Me?’ after scientists had lost contact with it in November 2014.

Twitter account of the Philae probe sent message, saying ‘Hello Earth! Can You Hear Me?’ after scientists had lost contact with it in November 2014.

The probe Philae has been sleeping for 7 month since November. It is a 100-kg robot lab. After 10 years of journey it was finally dropped on the Comet 67P by Rosetta, its mothership.

The main aim of landing the probe is to explore comets as they may hide secrets about nascency of Solar System. According to scientists, comets do hide those secrets.

This is how it looks like

This is how it looks like

The probe had to attach itself to the comet’s surface, but during the landing it bounced and landed at an angle in the dark. It had been working for 60 hours before its battery ran out of energy. But today it revived and sent signals, as well as 40 seconds worth of data.

Some data shows the comet could have woken up earlier but was unable to connect to Rosetta. Project manager at the German Aerospace Centre, Stephan Ulamec, said:

Philae is doing very well. The lander is ready for operations

Nowadays, the comet is 300 million miles away. Jean-Jacques Dordain, ESA director general, thinks that it is a ‘big step for human civilization.’

'.__('Tagged with',THEME_DOMAIN).'
  • ','
  • ','
'); ?>

Tags: