European Space Agency says final farewell to Philae comet lander
Rosetta spacecraft will use remaining power for science before it crash-lands on the comet Sept. 30
The European Space Agency says it is switching off its radio link to the probe that landed on a comet, after receiving no signal from the lander for a year.
It’s time for me to say goodbye. Tomorrow, the unit on <a href="https://twitter.com/ESA_Rosetta">@ESA_Rosetta</a> for communication with me will be switched off forever...—@Philae2014
The agency says the decision to shut down a communications instrument on the Rosetta spacecraft Wednesday was taken to conserve energy. Rosetta had used the instrument to communicate with its lander, Philae, which touched down on comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko in November 2014.
Farewell <a href="https://twitter.com/Philae2014">@Philae2014</a>, the 1st robot to land on a comet. Congrats <a href="https://twitter.com/esa">@ESA</a> for this amazing achievement. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/GoodbyePhilae?src=hash">#GoodbyePhilae</a> <a href="https://t.co/DfiO0SekSn">https://t.co/DfiO0SekSn</a>—@NASA
During the next two months, Rosetta will use its remaining power to conduct scientific measurements before it crash-lands on the comet Sept. 30.
Data collected by Rosetta and Philae have improved scientists' understanding of comets and the role they played in the early universe.