Decline in battery power aboard Philae. Credit: ESA via Twitter
The Philae lander is now in an “idle mode” in which most of the systems on board are shut down, including communications.
Before going to sleep, Philae was able to send all of the science data collected so far and completed its main mission in the 57 hours on the comet surface.
Stephan Ulamec, Lander Manager said “This machine performed magnificently under tough conditions, and we can be fully proud of the incredible scientific success Philae has delivered.”
Contact with Philae was lost at 00:36 UT (20:36 EST for the US), according to Rosetta Blog this was about the time of a scheduled loss of signal anyway as Rosetta which was acting as a repeater orbited out of sight of Philae.
Rosetta mission control did try to rotate the lander as was reported and with that effort there was a possibility of communications at 10:00 UTC (05:00 EST) this morning (15 Nov) so Rosetta was listening but no signal came.
As Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko gets closer to the Sun there is a possibility enough sunlight will eventually revive the batteries enough to get Philae back on-line. Still I have to wonder if the deep discharge state of the batteries will preclude that given the time and cold environment – time will tell.
Philae is right at home. Credits: ESA/Rosetta/Philae/CIVA
WOW! This is just simply amazing.
This is a two image mosaic of Philae on the surface of the Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. Click the image and just marvel at the view of both Philae and the surface features.
You can get an even larger version at Rosetta blog’s Welcome to a Comet!
Philae is pretty close to a cliff that will shadow the solar panels for much of a day and this will limit how much Philae will be able to do at least in the short term. I’m pretty sure ESA is studying how to squeeze the most out of what they have you can be sure of that.
ESA is live streaming the media briefings, you can find out when by going to Rosetta Blog or you can check the Live Stream page.
Don’t forget about Twitter, I am on the run a lot the past couple days and it has been great for keeping up you can get all the images and briefings there too.
ROLIS descent image of Comet 67P/C-G. Credits: ESA/Rosetta/Philae/ROLIS/DLR
As the Philae lander approached comet 67P/G-C it used the ROLIS instrument to take this image at 14:38:41 UT from just 3 km / 1.9 miles above the surface.
The ROLIS instrument looks downward during descent and gets close up views after landing so texture and microsturcture of surface materials.
Yes, that is part of the lander you see in the upper right.
ROLIS (ROsetta Lander Imaging System) is a descent and close-up camera on the Philae Lander. It has been developed by the DLR Institute of Planetary Research, Berlin.
I had to include the image below, I think it’s just excellent. We are looking at the Philae lander shortly after being released from the mother ship (Rosetta) after a 10 year trip together on this totally amazing mission.
Good luck Philae. Credits: ESA/Rosetta/MPS for OSIRIS Team MPS/UPD/LAM/IAA/SSO/INTA/UPM/DASP/IDA
No word yet on what is going on with the harpoons (anchors), but ESA did mention “Maybe today we didn’t just land once…we even landed twice!”
There will be plenty more images here, but check out the Rosetta Blog.
ESA Rosetta Mission on Twitter
Congratulations ESA !
I bet the smiles are abundant and they should be.
GOOD LUCK! I can hardly believe the day has finally come – it’s been a long time!
Update: Landing confirmed. Harpoons did not fire, investigation in progress. The one way radio travel time is a bit over 28 minutes – each way.
ESA is reporting all is well with Philae is in good shape despite the harpoons.
If you see no video above it is because ESA isn’t broadcasting at the time.
Check out the Rosetta Blog and for last second updates.
Philae timeline. Click for a more readable version. Credit: ESA
The big day is almost here. What will happen once Philae lands on Comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko?
This from ESA:
A timeline of the science operations that Rosetta’s lander Philae will perform during the first 2.5 days on the surface of Comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko.
It does not include the experiments conducted during the seven-hour descent or immediately upon touchdown and in the 40 minutes after as the separation, descent and landing operations and experiments conclude (see this graphic for a summary of those activities).
Just three days away.
This is Friday’s press conference with Rosetta mission experts hosted by Emily Baldwin, ESA space science editor / Rosetta Blog
The video is in distinct segments of about 15 minutes and questions at the end.
Introduction and mission plans fellowed by Science at 15 minutes, Landing at 30 minutes and Summary at 45 followed by questions.
Four-image mosaic of Comet 67P/C-G on 30 October. Credits: ESA/Rosetta/NAVCAM – CC BY-SA IGO 3.0
Landing “Site J” on Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko has a new name and that name is Agilkia.
Agilkia is an island on the Nile River in the south of Egypt. A complex of Ancient Egyptian buildings, including the famous Temple of Isis, was moved to Agilkia from the island of Philae when the latter was flooded during the building of the Aswan dams in the 20th century.
Pretty good name I think and so do others, the name was proposed by 150 of the participants of public competition held by ESA and the German, French and Italian space agencies.
The image shows Agilkia in one of those four-part mosiacs ESA has been releasing. Very nice resolution panels so do check it out. This is one of the last looks as Rosetta left the 10 km orbit to get ready to deploy Philae on 12 November.
About the video from ESA (YouTube)
Ambition is a collaboration between Platige Image and ESA. Directed by Tomek Bagiński and starring Aiden Gillen and Aisling Franciosi, Ambition was shot on location in Iceland, and screened on 24 October 2014 during the British Film Institute’s celebration of Sci-Fi: Days of Fear and Wonder, at the Southbank, London.
Rosetta: the ambition to turn science fiction into science fact: http://www.esa.int/Our_Activities/Spa…
Video Source (ESA)