Nov 15, 2014 5:24 AM

Scientists listen, wait for comet lander signals

The Associated Press

BERLIN (AP) The head of the European Space Agency says it received no signals from the Philae lander Saturday morning during a scheduled effort to establish communication.

Paolo Ferri, ESA's head of mission operations, told The Associated Press, that the orbiter did not get any signals from Philae on comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko.

ESA on Friday performed a rotating operation to pull the lander out of a shadow so that solar panels could recharge the depleted batteries.

Even if that operation was successful, it may take days or weeks until the batteries of Philae are strong enough to send signals again.




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