|Some radio data suggests the probe |
may be about 1km from the intended landing site
I was on my way to work when the signal from the probe finally reached the scientists at the agency and saw their faces beam as the relief and ecstasy of success flooded their bodies. A well earned moment in all of their struggles.
Now according to the BBC News in an article entitled Battery will limit life of Philae comet lander the agency is concerned about the small number of hours that the probe will receive light from the sun--a mere 1.5 hours out of every 12 hours of the comet's rotation. Because the batteries will not top off their charge, the primary charge on them will diminish. A new article, Comet lander: Future of Philae probe 'uncertain', reports that the probe has drilled into the comet's surface and that scientists fear that the signal may not reach earth due to the batteries shortened life.
Life presents many challenges and circumstances. Science plays a role in sparking our imaginations and in helping those we love. As you live and learn, think on this--there is one planet we all call home. It's the place that Philae sends the signal to help us understand what lies beyond.