Continuing our Super Space Monday theme this Labor Day, here’s an exciting bit of news for space buffs around our planet: the Philae lander on Comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko has been found! Yes, you should be more excited about this like we are, because look at this awesome photo from the orbiting Rosetta probe:
Image Credit: ESA/Rosetta/MPS
The news is exciting because nearly all hope had been lost that the lander on the tiny comet hurtling through our Solar system was lost forever when it first landed and contact was subsequently lost. But there’s the little probe, just lying on its back, not able to re-orient itself or move around at all. And it appears to be nestled in a little crack/cave on the surface of the comet, and if it can ultimately develop some form of sentience, perhaps it can also one day right itself upright and find a way home. Who knows, by then Uber may be a planet-to-planet service.