Philae's Power Loss Puts It Down ... But Not Out
The first human probe to land on a comet went dark Friday night while sending data back to the European Space Agency. But it could soon regain power.By Christian Bryant | November 14, 2014
After making probably the greatest landing since the movie “Flight,” spacecraft Philae is dealing with a whole new challenge — one that could keep scientists from examining possibly billions-of-years-old material from Comet 67P/C-G.
Philae ran out of battery life Friday evening, as European Space Agency scientists predicted. The spacecraft was in the process of transmitting data from a dig back to the ESA.
In a statement that reads like a pseudo-eulogy, the head of operations for Philae said, “This machine performed magnificently under tough conditions, and we can be fully proud of the incredible scientific success Philae has delivered.”