Philae Comet Lander Dies

Posted: Feb 12 2016, 12:47pm CST | by , Updated: Feb 12 2016, 1:12pm CST, in News | Latest Science News


Philae Comet Lander Dies
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The Philae comet lander happens to be dead as a doornail. No signals were picked up from the comet probe as it went silent forever.

European space personnel have lost all hope of restoring contact with the Philae probe. It supposedly landed on a comet and later on lost its power to send signals to earth.

Due to the fact that its solar batteries were in the shade, it stopped giving off any communicative activity. The German Aerospace Center has confirmed that the probe is currently covered in dust and ice and will not be making any contact with ground control. 

The probability of any signs of contact are close to nil. And so no more signals will be sent to the probe since it is defunct for all purposes. Philae landed on a comet way back in 2014.

It was a wonderful feat of space engineering and technology. But due to the shade on the comet, it shut down and wouldn’t respond anymore, according to Reuters.

As the comet approached the sun again, the lander got recharged and started responding. But than once again the old conditions of nil signals coming from the probe began to dog the footsteps of the ground control crew.  

The personnel have said that they would be really surprised if the probe began giving off signals once again. It would be like a modern day miracle.

The Philae probe has been a successful venture though since it has set the precedent for future probes landing on comets of all shapes and hues.

One supposes for now it is farewell and adieu to the Philae probe. The silence from the probe is deafening in its intensity. The original landing on the 67P comet was a landmark step alright. 

The operation was possible thanks to the Rosetta spacecraft. Currently it seems as if the low temperatures on the dark side of the comet have caused some of the components of the probe to have undergone some damage.

And while many have still not given up hope regarding receiving any signals from the probe, the fact of the matter is that the extremely cold conditions on the comet will not allow for such a state of affairs to come true.

The exact cause of the breakdown in communications has not been pinpointed with accuracy. But whatever it is, it seems to be permanent and hence we will not be seeing anymore mention of the Philae probe. 

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