Scientists listen and wait for comet lander’s signals – Landed in the shade

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Date: November 15th, 2014

shadeBERLIN – The head of the European comet mission says scientists were listening for signals from the Philae lander Saturday morning, but think it is unlikely they will establish any kind of communication soon.

Controllers at the European Space Agency on Friday ordered the lander to perform a maneuver intended to pull it out of a shadow on comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko so that solar panels could recharge the depleted batteries.

“We don’t know if the charge will ever be high enough to operate the lander again,” Paolo Ferri, ESA’s head of mission operations, told The Associated Press.

On Thursday, Philae landed next to a cliff that largely blocked sunlight from reaching its solar panels.  More

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