Philae Lander Phones Home After 7-Month Nap On Comet
The Philae lander has enough power to resume some science operations on comet 67P-CG, according to mission controllers at the European Space Agency.By Evan Thomas | June 14, 2015
The Philae lander has come back online and made contact with Earth after hibernating for seven months on the surface of comet 67P-CG.
The European Space Agency recorded 85 seconds of contact through the Rosetta orbiter, during which Philae passed on current and historical data it had collected on conditions on the surface of the comet. (Video via ESA)
Philae is reporting a charge of 24 watts, or a roughly 17 percent of its battery capacity. Controllers say it's enough to resume science operations, including drilling into the surface to analyze the comet’s composition in more detail.