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Lander update – 6 July

Is there any news from @Philae2014 on Comet #67P? Video update from the LCC: (FW) #Philae #Rosetta pic.twitter.com/7tENTWrAd1 — DLR – English (@DLR_en) July 6, 2015

Video update from Lander Control Centre

As tweeted by the German Aerospace Center (DLR) yesterday, a mini status update direct from the Lander Control Center in Cologne. In short, the teams are still working hard on trying to re-establish contact with the lander. Update...

Rosetta and Philae: Searching for a good signal

After seven months in hibernation on the surface of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, Rosetta’s lander Philae communicated with Earth via the orbiter on 13 June. Since then, seven periods of connection have been confirmed between the orbiter and lander,...

Philae wake-up triggers intense planning

The receipt of signals from Rosetta’s Philae lander on 13 June after 211 days of hibernation marked the start of intense activity. In coordination with its mission partners, ESA teams are working to juggle Rosetta’s flight plan...

The quest to find Philae

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. While Rosetta continues...

Rosetta and Philae find comet not magnetised

This new result was just presented at EGU2015 and is published in Science Express today. The text is mirrored from our news story on the main ESA web portal.  Measurements made by Rosetta and Philae during the probe’s...

Next listening opportunities for Philae

Based on the latest report published by the German Aerospace Centre. Despite Rosetta’s new trajectory scheme, the orbiter is still able to listen out for its lander Philae, in case it has woken up from hibernation. Thus...

Waiting patiently for Philae

For the past eight days, Rosetta has been sending signals to Philae and listening for a response, but the lander has not yet reported back. This report is provided by the German Aerospace Center, DLR. Perhaps it...

Philae: reflections and hopes

Lead lander scientist Jean-Pierre Bibring (IAS, Orsay, France) reflects on the events surrounding comet landing four months ago, and shares his hopes for Philae’s reactivation.   For years we dreamt of visiting a comet, to perform in...

Waiting for a signal from Philae

This week, Rosetta will begin listening for signs that Philae is still “alive”. This report is provided by the German Aerospace Center, DLR. It would be very lucky if a signal were to be received from Philae at...

CometWatch 2 December

This four image mosaic comprises images taken with Rosetta’s NAVCAM on 2 December from a distance of 30.1 km from the centre of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. The image resolution of the mosaic is about 3.1 m/pixel, and it has been...

Did Philae graze a crater rim during its first bounce?

Based on inputs from ROMAP co-principal investigator Hans-Ulrich Auster from the Technische Universität Braunschweig, Germany. Data collected by ROMAP, the Rosetta Lander Magnetometer and Plasma Monitor onboard Philae, is being used to help reconstruct the trajectory of...

Homing in on Philae’s final landing site

Based on inputs provided by the CONSERT principal investigator Wlodek Kofman, CNRS researcher at the Institut de Planétologie et d’Astrophysique de Grenoble, Grenoble, France. In addition to the on-going visual searches using OSIRIS and NAVCAM images, the...

Did Philae drill the comet?

Philae’s Sampling, Drilling and Distribution (SD2) subsystem was activated towards the end of the surface operations that Philae performed on Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko last week, despite fears that it might alter the lander’s precarious position following its third...

Rosetta and Philae Go for separation

Following a night of critical Go/NoGo decisions, Rosetta and Philae are cleared for separation, despite a problem onboard the lander. During checks on the lander’s health, it was discovered that the active descent system, which provides a...