New Mars lander takes shape
Rosetta camera sees Philae bouncing across comet
Atlas/NROL-35 mission stats
Rosetta imagery shows Philae at first landing site
Loss of contact with Philae
A few moments after the pirouette, battery voltage suddenly plummeted and engineers said the end was near. Trapped between a rock and a dark place beyond its ability to survive, Philae dutifully sent back stored data and even made fresh measurements until finally, just after 7:30 p.m. (EST-5), contact was finally lost.
Comet lander’s batteries near exhaustion
Trapped in rough, forbidding terrain with its solar panels draped in shadow, the Philae comet lander raced the clock Friday to carry out high-priority science operations, including an attempt to drill into the surface of the nucleus, before exhausting its on-board batteries and effectively losing consciousness.