Good night, Philae

Rosetta mission lander in hibernation mode on comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko

illustration of Philae on actual images of comet 67P

Philae, shown superimposed on a panorama of images taken by the lander, has gone into idle mode after its batteries depleted. Its position in the shadows of a cliff prevent its solar panels from receiving enough sunlight to continue to operate.

CIVA/Philae/Rosetta/ESA

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