Philae Lander Early Science Results: Ice, Organic Molecules and Half a Foot of Dust

Philae's MUPUS probe took temperature measurements and hammered into the surface at the landing site to discover the lander alighted on some very hard ice. Credit: ESA

Philae’s MUPUS probe took temperature measurements and hammered into the surface at the landing site to discover a layer of very hard water ice. Credit: ESA

An uncontrolled, chaotic landing. Stuck in the shadow of a cliff without energy-giving sunlight. Philae and team persevered. With just 60 hours of battery power, the lander drilled, hammered and gathered science data on the surface of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko before going into hibernation. Here’s what we know. (…)
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