Philae's precariously landing position poses problem

  • The robotic lander Philae that landed on a comet is resting precariously on its side near a cliff, initial data sent to the Earth from the probe shows.

    Due to the lander’s position, the cliff is blocking sun rays to its solar panels.

    Mission controllers of the European Space Agency face a dilemma. If they try to move the lander into a spot with more sun to allow its batteries to recharge, a sudden movement comes with the risk of toppling it over.



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