Fingers Crossed For Comet Lander Philae To Wake Up Again
The historic comet landing last November may have an extra chapter. Scientists are hoping the Philae lander will get enough sunlight to wake up again.By Steven Sparkman | May 7, 2015
Philae, the plucky little lander that bounced its way across a comet last November, ran out of power a couple of days after impact and had to shut down.
But Philae's new home, comet 67P, is becoming a bit brighter and more cozy with each passing day. The comet is getting nearer and nearer to the sun, and is expected to reach its closest point in mid-August. (Video via European Space Agency)
That means there's a slim chance we haven't heard the last of Philae. Scientists at the European Space Agency are crossing their fingers that they will get a few more messages back from the lander sometime over the next few months.