Philae probe wakes in comet’s shadows

The Philae lander space probe thought lost has woken up some seven months after officials thought it marooned in the shadows on a comet, the European Space Agency said on Sunday.
ESA said it had received signals from the lander late on Thursday, which began and”speakingand” with its team on the ground for the first time since it went into hibernation following a botched landing on the comet in November. and”Philae is doing very well,and” said project manager Stephan Ulamec in a statement on ESAand’s website. and”The lander is ready for operations.and” Scientists believe that the probe is receiving increasing amounts of sunlight as the comet speeds closer to the sun, enabling its solar panels to produce the power needed for it to send data. In the shadows, Philaeand’s solar panels, which were meant to power the probe after its batteries ran out several days after landing, received far less than the expected six to seven hours sunshine per day. Scientists hope that samples drilled from the comet by Philae will unlock details about how the planets — and possibly even life — evolved.

SOURCE: Today’s Zaman