ESA Releases Images Of Philae’s Kilometer-High ‘Bounce’

If landing highly specialized scientific equipment
on a comet wasn’t already nerve-wracking enough, the European Space Agency had to wait to see
if the Philae mission would succeed as the spacecraft bounced a kilometer up off the
comet during landing. Late Sunday, ESA posted this blog entry showing
what the agency believes is Philae’s landing spot on Comet 67P/C-G. The dust cloud had
already been observed, but you can now see what scientists believe is Philae itself and
its shadow. Philae has since gone dark because scientists
believe it landed in a shady area of the comet blocking its solar panels, and the spacecraft
ran out of battery Friday evening. The world has been fascinated by ESA’s successful
attempt to land a manmade device on a possibly billions-of-years-old space body. But while
the space agency received data from Philae, it still didn’t know where it landed. (Video
via European Space Agency) In fact, ESA released these images taken by
the Rosetta mothership Friday with the note Philae had landed at “a still unconfirmed
location likely outside of these images.” The BBC notes the 200-plus pound spacecraft
bounced approximately a kilometer up off of 67P/C-G and landed hundreds of meters from
that first dust cloud. Philae did manage to drill into the comet
and transfer some data back to Earth. BBC reports just before the spacecraft went to
sleep, it was ordered to raise itself a few centimeters and rotate in hopes of putting
itself in the best position to someday catch more sun and recharge. This video includes an image from the European
Space Agency / CC BY SA 2.0.

6 thoughts on “ESA Releases Images Of Philae’s Kilometer-High ‘Bounce’

  1. this ass stole the graphics… showed no real photos and wants recognition? here's your recognition my middle finger I'm holding it up can you c it ?

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