November 18, 2014

Philae Lander Sends Back Data Before Batteries Shut Down

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A pioneering robotic spacecraft shut down on Saturday after radioing results of its first and probably last batch of scientific experiments from the surface of a comet, scientists said.
Batteries aboard the European Space Agency's Philae comet lander drained, shutting down the washing machine-sized probe after an adventurous and largely unscripted 57-hour mission.
Carried aboard the orbiting Rosetta mothership, Philae floated to the surface of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko on Thursday, but failed to deploy anchoring harpoons.

Song lyrics taken from Peter Schilling - Major Tom (Völlig losgelöst)
English version of the song, also sung by Schilling:

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