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12 января 2016, 23:01

Our last chance to contact Philae lander probably failed


"Time is running out" for the Philae comet lander, according to the European Space agency.

Philae reached the surface of a comet in 2014, after descending from the Rosetta space probe. ESA has sadly failed to communicate consistently with the robot, following a brief 57 hour window after it successfully landed on comet 67P, also known as Churyumov-Gerasimenko.

Now ESA have sent a "last-ditch" message to the lander in an attempt to trigger a response -- and the bad news is that it seems to have failed. 

"Time is running out, so we want to explore all possibilities," said Stephan Ulamec, Philae lander manager, in a statement

There's been nothing back yet. If there's no response by the end of January, Philae will be in trouble -- because the comet is rapidly moving further and further away from the Sun, conditions on its surface will soon be too hostile for it to survive. 

Source: http://www.wired.co.uk/news/archive/2016-01/12/philae-final-chance-failed