The Philae Lander Comet Drilling Attempt

  • November 14, 2014
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The Philae Lander Comet Drilling Attempt

The Philae Lander is attempting to drill on comet 67P. The Philae Lander’s batteries are about to die so this is literally a race against time.┬áThe European Space Agency (ESA) is drilling even though there is risk that it will topple the lander. Even if the lander is able to drill and test the results on it’s laboratory there is no guarantee with┬áthe low battery that the data will get back to Earth. Commands were uploaded to the lander on Friday and it appears the drill has extended 25 cm from the base of Philae. It will not be known until the evening if the drill samples and data were collected successfully.

Stephan Ulamec, the Philae lander manager, states: “The drill has been active today. Whether it will sample and will succeed in bringing these samples to ovens (laboratory). We shall know this evening.

40m From Comet Surface

Lander 40 m from comet surface

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