– Scientists are confident that the Philae comet probe, which went into ‘sleep mode’ on Saturday, will wake up again when the comet nears the sun. Phile made history on Nov. 12 when it became the first probe to land on a comet. The culmination of an audacious 10-year mission, Philae successfully descended to the comet after separating from its Rosetta mothership. The touchdown, however, was fraught with problems, and the lander bounced twice before landing in the shadow of a cliff – a serious problem for the solar panels designed to provide long-term power to Philae after its primary battery is exhausted.


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