NOT best position for scientific fulfillment
By Brid-Aine Parnell, 13 Nov 2014
Tough choices lie ahead for Rosetta's Philae scientists after they discovered that the lander’s bouncing touchdown has pushed it into the shadow of a cliff, making it unlikely that its batteries can recharge.
El Reg space vulture Brid-Aine Parnell is at the ESA mission command complex at Darmstadt, Germany.
The plucky probot had an incredibly lucky landing yesterday when it managed to end up sitting relatively upright on the comet surface, despite its harpoons failing to fire. Data from the craft indicates that it bounced twice in Comet 67P’s low gravity, taking two hours to complete the first bounce.
“We have a better understanding now about how we got there but we still don’t really know where!” said project manager Stephan Ulemac.