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Lost comet lander Philae mystery solved

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On the surface of 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, an icy comet that looks like a rubber duck about 370 million miles from Earth, lie the remains of the Philae lander.

In 2014, it was released from the European Space Agency's Rosetta spacecraft to touch down on 67P, but not everything went according to plan.

Harpoons that were supposed to pin it to the comet didn't fire, and Philae bounced off the surface, glanced past a cliff edge and disappeared from sight.

It sent signals back to Earth confirming it was operational, but where exactly it ended up was a mystery.

Full story at cNet: Link

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