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Philae Idled, Batteries Drained; Needs Luck, Sunshine to Awake - Universe Today
Contact with the Philae lander was lost at 6:36 p.m. (CST) this evening, November 14th, before the normal loss of signal when Rosetta orbits below the lander’s horizon. Without sunlight to juice up its solar panels and recharge the its batteries, the craft will remain in “idle mode” – maybe for a long time. All … Continue reading "Philae Idled, Batteries Drained; Needs Luck, Sunshine to Awake"