Posted in Comet 67P, Philae, Rosetta

Just a month before the end of the Rosetta mission, and a few weeks after all attempts to communicate with th elander were finally given up, the Rosetta orbiter has acquired images that clearly show the lander on the comet. This is possible because the orbiter is now much closer to the comet (on a riskier trajectory) than was the case during earlier phases of the mission. The images that show the lander were acquired from a distance of just 2.7 km, and have a resolution of 5 cm per pixel. As expected, the lander was located in a crack in the Abydos area (on the smaller of the two lobes of the comet).

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See also the ESA announcement.

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