Comet Lander: It’s Alive!

Comet Lander: It's Alive!

The Philae device the European Space Agency landed on a comet has emerged from 7 months of hibernation and phoned home, sending a radio signal from Comet 67P. The ESA Rosetta Orbiter landed Philae after a 10 year space voyage, but the washing-machine-sized device bounced into a shadowed part of the comet’s surface and couldn’t recharge its solar cells until now.


“European space probe, thought lost, awakes in comet’s shadows,” Thomas Atkins, Reuters

“ESA’s Philae comet lander wakes up after seven months of hibernation,” Sebastian Anthony, Ars Technica UK

“Philae comet lander wakes up, says European Space Agency,” BBC News

“European comet lander speaks after seven-month hibernation,” Kenzi Abou-Sabe, PBS Newshour

“Spacecraft that landed on comet finally wakes up,” Frank Jordans, Associated Press

“Comet lander awakens from hangover, suddenly says hello,” Chris Matyszczyk , Cnet

“Philae comet lander wakes up after 7-month hibernation,” Jane Onyanga-Omara, USA Today

“Rosetta mission: Philae comet lander ‘ready for operations’ as it wakes up and makes first contact in 7 months,” Louis Doré, The Independent


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Image (“Comet, after Charles Martin”) by Mike Licht. Download a copy here. Creative Commons license; credit Mike Licht,

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