Emerging From Hibernation, European Philae Lander Phones Home

Credit: ESA
During the landing of NASA’s Curiosity rover on Mars, ground controllers had to ride out the now-famous “7 min. of terror” before acquiring telemetry from the distant lander. Last fall, as Europe’s Philae probe descended to a comet’s surface the wait was 7 hr. But since Philae lost power and shut...

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