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comet

As the comet it’s parked on moves closer to the sun, the Philae lander has woken up! It better get busy and upload all the data it’s got stored and start collecting more. It’s been sleeping long enough!

Comments

  1. Nerd of Redhead, Dances OM Trolls says

    Saw yesterday in the news where Rosetta picked up a glint they thought was Philae. That was quick. Talk to us Philae.

  2. rthearle says

    Wake up, little Philae, wake up
    Wake up, little Philae, wake up

    We know you’re dead on your feet
    Wake up little Philae and tweet
    The night is over, the sun is brighter,
    The daylight feels so sweet

    Wake up, little Philae
    Wake up, little Philae

    Well, what are we gonna tell the public,
    What are we gonna tell the press?
    What are we gonna tell our colleagues
    While we sing, “Ooh la la!”

    Wake up, little Philae
    Wake up, little Philae

    Well, we told the public that you were in a hole
    But, Philae baby, looks like you’re on a roll
    Wake up, little Philae
    Wake up, little Philae
    And send something home

    Wake up, little Philae, wake up
    Wake up, little Philae, wake up

    The comet wasn’t so hot
    Your battery power was shot
    You powered down to hibernate
    Until more sunlight you got

    Wake up, little Philae
    Wake up, little Philae

    Well, what are we gonna tell the public,
    What are we gonna tell the press?
    What are we gonna tell our colleagues
    While we sing, “Ooh la la!”

    Wake up, little Philae
    Wake up, little Philae
    Wake up, little Philae
    It’s time to phone home

  3. Pierre Le Fou says

    I hope the lander will get enough power to send back all the information it has stored on board. I understand the data links with earth aren’t that fast at that distance (something like 50 kbit/s), so it would be frustrating for the scientists to know there are still good pictures on the spacecraft that have yet to be downloaded when it leaves the sun.

  4. latveriandiplomat says

    I’m a little suspicious about Philae’s recovery. Are we sure it hasn’t healed itself by merging with alien technology resulting in a drastically altered mission that threathens Earth? Just asking, because it’s happened twice before.

  5. Kengi says

    #4: Apparently, the first thing Philae did was complain about Rosetta dumping him, blaming her for his predicament. He went on to brag about how big his obelisk is. So, definitely still human technology…

  6. rq says

    Kengi
    Funny, I always thought of Philae as ‘she’. :D

    latveriandiplomat
    I suppose we’ll find out, once the comet changes course…
    I mean, Philae might just be making a bee-line to the next solar system, because, you know, humans, but I’ll definitely be watching for any unusual activity from Philae (via the ever-watchful media, of course).

    +++

    Anyway, I hear Philae will even be able to start sciencing soon. This is super-exciting!! Right up there with magnets and men on the moon.