Programming Failure Of Landing Gear On Comet Lander Pushes It Into Darkness And Danger

Programming Failure Of Landing Gear On Comet Lander Pushes It Into Darkness And Danger

The problem with Philae comet lander is that it does not have sufficient power to do what it was meant to. The journey began when the orbiter belonging to European Space Agency (ESA) released Philae into outer space after comparing orbits of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko in August 2014. This was the beginning of some observations made at close quarters.

Philae lander was released on November 12 last year. Problems began when its landing gear failed to operate. The programming of the comet lander failed to materialize with the result that it settled in overshadowed terrain between cliffs.

Philae did its job of sending data and information on its surroundings to its parent on earth, but it could not keep up the practice for  a  long time. The batteries were soon drained. Engineers back on earth are hopeful of a recovery as the comet, 67P/Churymov-Grasimenko, inches closer to the sun. The movement might push a solar panel on Pilae in sunlight's path. It may be enough to recharge the depleted battery.

In the present situation, the Lander’s internal systems face threats of damage by the intense cold conditions resulting from the Lander’s unexpected adventures on the comet. Solar power is also essential for the lander because it requires a small amount to reboot its computer systems.

Data received from Philae shows it to have some amount of power on board. The power is sufficient for Pilae to maintain its basic functionality. The exact nature of the problem facing the lander can only be clear when the next communiqué between the lander and earth is made.

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