Well, Philae Lander might be nowhere in sight right now, but it is expected to do its job and that is to find out what stuffs comets are made of. The probe landed unto Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, for that historic feat never been tried on a comet before. It made the historic landing alright but it was not on the intended place. It got lost
Since the comet is still very far from the sun, the lander has no way of recharging its batteries, which is now all but dead. It’s still missing but come what may it’s going to be operational by, oh, in May when the comet is close enough to the sun. The batteries are solar powered and therefore will ultimately get recharged by the sun’s energy.
This a project of the European Space Station.
The accompanying Rosetta spacecraft is still trying locate its piggybacking probe but to no avail up to now.
The Rosetta after dropping the lander onto comet 67P has continued its scientific exploration and can be seen drifting farther away from the comet. There’s no way for the people behind the ESA mission to find the exact area where the Philae may have landed.
One good news is that the Philae will be waking enough soon in May or June when there’s enough sun energy to start it up again. It could happen as early as March. One important thing though is that it should need to hook up with its mother ship, the Rosetta.
“We are already discussing and preparing which instruments should be operated for how long,” project scientist Stephan Ulamec said in a statement.
The unfortunate landing will soon be a memory. The Philae Lander was supposed to make its touch down in a sun drenched area, to enjoy its regular dose of the sun’s energy in order to carry out its operation but it was not meant to be. Too much sun will also destroy the lander and that would be in March.
“We may not know exactly where Philae’s new digs are, but we know that they’re a great deal darker — and that means the resting spot is cooler, too. If Philae can wake up and start doing science again, it’s going to be protected from the sun’s heat as the comet approaches their closest rendezvous,” scientists say.
The comet is expected to start rocking as the sun’s energy heats it up and is expected to release its icy molecules. This is Philae’s job, to record it all. It might still accomplish its mission, soon.