We were in awe when the Philae probe made a historic landing on a comet. And we’re even more in awe of the photo from the surface.
We were in awe when the European Space Agency’s Philae probe made a historic landing on Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko on Wednesday. And we’re even more in awe of the photo the lander sent back from the comet’s surface seen in the image above.
It turns out that the lander’s mission may be short-lived, since the probe bounced twice on the comet’s surface before landing in the shadow of a cliff. The lander is supposed to powered by solar panels, but it won’t get enough sunlight to recharge its batteries under the shadows, the BBC News reported.
Despite the setback, scientists are pushing ahead and have began drilling into the comet’s surface today in an attempt to collect valuable data, the Associated Press reported.
“This mission is fantastic, let's look at what we have achieved, not at what we would have done differently. This is unique and will be unique forever,” said flight director Andrea Accomazzo in a Reuters report.
View more photos from the mission below.
Top photo credit: ESA/Rosetta/Philae/CIVA