Philae lander sends first pictures from comet to ESA




After the historic landing on Comet 67P / CG, which incidentally is not entirely gone smoothly, lander Philae has the first pictures of the comet landscape sent to ESA. Because Philae his harpoons could not firing, there may not be drilled into the surface.

According to data from ESA has received a research tool in the Philae lander to make that landing on Comet 67P / CG not once succeeded: the first soft landing would have occurred Wednesday at 16:33 pm, after which the lander presumably bounced to them again to land twice. At 18:33 the Philae is finally landed on the comet, one kilometer away from the original landing site. It would be a rocky piece with only 90 minutes of sunlight per 12 hours. This could cause problems for charging the batteries of the probe and thus the length of the mission. The antenna’s Philae are good focus on Rosetta.

The harpoons of the lander appear shortly after landing not be activated . These were intended to anchor the ‘comet chaser’ to the comet’s surface. Space Expert Govert Schilling says that this could mean that the lander can not drill on 67P / CG.

Besides the potential problems with the anchor does not seem to work all the electronics in Philae well. The French organization CNES , the solar cells damaged and send eight of the ten instruments dates, writes the chief editor of Space News. However, the probe first pictures transmitted from the comet’s surface. Therefore it is necessary patience: the signals with the speed of light traveling through space, cover the distance of nearly half a billion miles in about 28 minutes. In addition, the throughput is very low: it is 28kbit / s.


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