According to the news that have been confirmed by the European Space Agency (a.k.a ESA), the comet Lander known as Philae has woken up and made contact with earth. Philae is the first spacecraft to land on a comet that was in November 2014. The comet that it landed on is known as comet 67P. Once it landed on the comet, it worked for 60 hours before the battery, which is solar powered ran out flat. Something that disappointed a lot of scientists.
Further, based on the report attained from the correspondent of science, the comet has ever since moved nearer towards the sun and enabling Philae to get enough energy to power again.
An account that is linked to Philae contacted earth by tweeting a message, “Hello Earth! Can you hear me?’
On the blog that was released by the ESA, Philae made contact with earth through Rosetta for 85 seconds. This contact was made on Saturday 14th of June. According to the report, this was the first contact from November when Philae went to hibernation.
Dr. Stephan Ulamec, who is Philae’s project manager, is optimistic about this project. He stated that Philae is doing well and it has operating temperatures of -35 and has 24 watts that are available.
Scientists are now optimistic and they are eagerly waiting for the next contact.
Furthermore, the ESA’s senior advisor released a statement stating that, “It has been a long seven months, and to be quite honest we weren’t sure it would happen.”
At the moment around Europe, there were happy people.
According to the ESA, there was huge amount of information that Philae carried and they are hopeful to download it as soon as the spacecraft will communicate again.
Having been in hibernation for quite long, scientists are optimistic that they will get some months of information to examine once Philae awakes again. This is one of the most exciting moments in space exploration and engineers and scientist are justified to have grin on their faces, says David Shukman, who is a science editor.
He goes further to call Philae a hitcher on space, riding on a comet and describes what happens on its journey through space.
Comet Philae is designed to be able to analyze the rocky and ice fragments that are found in a comet.
The aim of this study according to Prof Monica Grandy during a lecture at the Open University is to carry out experience so that to determine if comets are responsible for the source of life that is found on earth.
According to her, Comets tend to have a lot of water and carbon, and these are some of the molecules that are responsible for getting life moving on.
As the comet approaches the sun, it gets warmer and the ice starts melting. This is a process that will throw out a lot of gas and dust. If Philae can able to work through this, it will give scientists a view that is extraordinary of what is going on comet 67P.