Philae comet lander contact with earth restored

This video says about itself:

Philae search: Zooming in on a promising candidate

11 June 2015

Rosetta and Philae teams continue to search for the current location of the lander, piecing together clues from its unexpected flight over the surface of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko after its initial landing on 12 November.

From daily The Independent in Britain:

Rosetta mission: Philae comet lander wakes and contacts earth

In November, scientists landed the unmanned craft onto the distant 67P comet

Louis Doré

Sunday 14 June 2015

The Philae comet lander which lost power after the historic comet landing has woken up and contacted Earth, the European Space Agency (ESA) reports.

In November, scientists landed the unmanned craft onto the distant 67P comet, which powered down 60 hours after landing.

Moments after announcing the success of the landing, ESA Rosetta mission control announced that the lander’s solar-powered battery appeared to be fast running out of power.

The lander discovered organic molecules on the comet, results of which were sent back from Philae’s Cosac instrument (one of the ten named instruments on board) just before the lander went into hibernation.

The lander, which is around the size of a washing machine, bounced over a kilometre when it first touched down on the comet, after a ten year journey of approximately 500 million kilometres, since its launch in 2004.

The ESA said on Thursday that it may have found the exact location of the comet from images and other data from the mothership, which was previously unknown.

More to follow.

See also here.

Philae, the European Space Agency’s comet lander, has identified complex molecules on Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, chemicals similar to those that may have furnished Earth with the ingredients for life: here.

Rosetta spots Philae lander on surface of comet 67P, by Christopher Crockett, 12:33pm, September 6, 2016: here.

COULD THIS COMET HAVE ALIEN LIFE? The microbial kind, but still. [The Guardian]

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