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Publishing date:July 27, 2016
The Electrical Support System (ESS) through which the Rosetta orbiter has been listening out for Philae will be turned off Wednesday 27 July at 11 a.m. CEST. The remaining supply of power, now ever dwindling as comet Churyumov-Gersimenko moves further away from the Sun, will be used to complete the final phases of the mission.
Publishing date:February 12, 2016
Although Philae remains a castaway on its comet more than 200 million km from Earth, there is still a chance that contact with ESA’s Rosetta mission lander might be restored.
Publishing date:August 12, 2015
On 13 August, comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko reaches perihelion, the closest point on its elliptical orbit to the Sun. The Rosetta spacecraft has been escorting it since 6 August 2014 and put down the Philae lander on its surface on 12 November 2014.