Philae Mission Bids Farewell to Comet Lander

  • European scientists have given up hope of restoring contact with space probe Philae. Philae came to rest on a comet in November 2014.
  • But it closed down soon after because it was in the shade and could not be recharged.
  • The probe woke up in June as the comet approached the sun but the lander has not made contact with its Rosetta orbiter since July 9, and a last-ditch attempt to re-establish contact with the robotic lab has failed.