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« on: June 15, 2015, 02:49:50 pm »

After 7 months of quiet, the comet lander is once again awake and talking back to earth.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/06/14/philae-_n_7579382.html

Seems pretty cool to me.
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« Reply #1 on: June 15, 2015, 03:37:17 pm »


Seems pretty cool to me.



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« Reply #2 on: June 15, 2015, 04:13:02 pm »

I was waiting for that. 
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« Reply #3 on: June 15, 2015, 07:16:31 pm »

The interesting point raised on Sky at Night yesterday was that the cliff which has shielded it from sunlight for the last seven months has in fact ensured it will provide even more data than originally intended.  Had it landed out in the open, where it first came to rest, the batteries would have overheated after a few weeks and the lander destroyed.  As it is, lying in the shade, we might potentially continue to recieve results from it not only as the comet reaches perihelion but also as it recedes back toward the outer solar system. 
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« Reply #4 on: June 29, 2015, 02:00:46 pm »

The interesting point raised on Sky at Night yesterday was that the cliff which has shielded it from sunlight for the last seven months has in fact ensured it will provide even more data than originally intended.  Had it landed out in the open, where it first came to rest, the batteries would have overheated after a few weeks and the lander destroyed.  As it is, lying in the shade, we might potentially continue to recieve results from it not only as the comet reaches perihelion but also as it recedes back toward the outer solar system. 

 Rosetta mission extended

ESA today confirmed that its Rosetta mission will be extended until the end of September 2016, at which point the spacecraft will most likely be landed on the surface of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko.

Those mad mad bas*ards are going to land the non-landy part the bloody surface too! That's just showing off!
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