The Philae lander has gone into hibernation on the surface of a comet roughly 4 billion miles away from earth. After its bouncy (and unprecedented) landing earlier this week, the lander has run out of power and signals from the unit have ceased.
But just before the last bits of Philae’s power ran out, it sent home a series of transmissions containing key information at the core of the Rosetta mission. “It has been a huge success, the whole team is delighted,” said Stephan Ulamec, a German scientist who’s managed the landing this week. He added in a press release, “Despite the unplanned series of three touchdowns, all of our instruments could be operated and now it’s time to see what we’ve got.”
“It has been a huge success.”