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originally posted by: smarterthanyou
a reply to: jeep3r
why is there blurred areas on that photograph? one of them looks like an actual square of blurriness...
doctoring or is it lens issues I think is the common meme
Scientists working on Philae comet lander say it is time to take more risks with the probe, amid fears battery might die in hours.
There is an expectation that the robot may be entering its last day of useable power on the ice object 67P.
The European Space Agency (ESA) will upload commands today to tell Philae to deploy its drill.
The hope is that it can pull up some samples to analyse in the robot's onboard laboratories.
It is a high risk activity, however, because the torque could destabilise the delicately placed lander.
Philae is sitting in the shadow of a cliff, and will not get enough sunlight to work beyond Saturday.
Friday night's radio contact with the orbiting Rosetta satellite will be the last that engineers have a reasonable confidence will work.
The team is still not sure where on the surface the probe came to rest after bouncing upon landing on Wednesday.
Scientists have been examining radio transmissions between the orbiter and the lander to see if they can triangulate a position.
This work has now produced a "circle of uncertainty" within which Philae almost certainly lies.
Follow-up imagery by Rosetta should now find the little craft, says Paolo Ferri, the head of mission operations at the European Space Agency.
He is still confident that engineers can find an answer to Philae's power shortage.
One solution that will be tried on Friday is to turn the main body of the robot to show the largest of its solar panels to the Sun.
The idea is that this could eke out some more life for the lander.
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I did have a thought at the back of my mind that, given the comet's almost non-existant gravity and a soft dust-covered surface, the landing plan for the probe wasn't the best one. If it were up to me, I'd let it descend extremely slowly, to make sure it doesn't bounce off.
originally posted by: Cloudbuster
Yes ET. Have read the Arthur c Clarke book Rendevous with Rama. Where they land on a comet and it turns out its hollow and inside is a planet like place with many ET. Loved that book
reply to: eriktheawful