Philae facing eternal hibernation

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15 months after Philae made its historic landing on a comet, its legacy is enormous even if Rosetta’s lander is facing eternal hibernation.

Mission teams are now looking ahead to the grand finale: making a controlled impact of the Rosetta orbiter on the comet next September.Rosetta arrived at Comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko on 6 August 2014 and Philae was delivered to the surface on 12 November. After touching down Philae bounced several times and completed 80% of its planned first science sequence before falling into hibernation. 

A contact was made with the lander on 13 June and intermittent contacts were made up to 9 July. However the results of Philae mission are unique and complement all the science harvested by the orbiter Rosetta who is continuing its quest before being sent directly to the surface of 69P late September.

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7 Comments

  1. Why the hell would you crash it? Just leave it on hibernate with a periodic wake up, what if we need it in some emergency during future space missions. Don't Break it! That is so dumb, your children will curse you for it. What are you worried about cross contamination? What else were we created for but to spread life, we are not good for it on this planet.

  2. PLEASE DO NOT CRASHING ROSETTA !! PLEASE KEEP THE FAITH AND HOPE, PHILAE not die and has yet to live.
    Excuse my English, because I speak Spanish.
    ROSETTA IS AS IF MOM PHILAE, KEEP FAITH AND HOPE !!

  3. Philae captured the hearts of men, women and children. I still hope we hear from you once more. You helped start a new interest in space exploration. It takes me right back to when I was a child watching the Apollo program. ESA and SpaceX, very exciting stuff.

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