Philae wakes up
Category : General News
The Philae space probe woke up from hybernation last June 14 and transmited for 85 seconds. The probe was sitting at the Churyumov-Gerasimenko comet since November 2014, waiting for more sun on its panels. In the following months ten instruments on board Philae, including X-ray and IR spectrometers, a cromatograph and TOF mass detector, may provide insight about the comet chemical composition and other physical properties. The video below shows the hazardous landing of the probe.
The simulation video was prepared by David Ducros for the French CNES.