'ESA finds FOURTH comet touchdown for Philae lander'
Is Philae made of rubber or what?
The European Space Agency has conducted deeper analysis of just what happened to the Philae lander during its descent to Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko and now believes the craft bounced off the wandering rock three times, not twice as was previously thought to the be case. The new analysis re-tells the now-familiar story of …
"Is Philae made of rubber or what?"
More likely they just had my wife parking the lander. The comet's insurers will probably be in touch soon with an inflated repair bill, and out of this world hire-comet charges for the time whilst Churyumov-Gerasimenko is in the body shop.
Its miraculous a complex device like Philea could travel 10 years through space, awaken, decent to the surface of a comet, bounce around several times and still function.
Note though that ESA leaves nothing to chance. I've recently been talking with someone who constructed one of the experiments on Rosetta for ESA. The requirements are bonkers to say the least. 3 test articles are built, tested, rebuilt and retested repeatedly. All the while 2 people are looking over the shoulder of the engineer and documenting EVERYTHING. Every move, every screw, every torque is noted to perfect the building process and make sure it's assembled 1000% to spec. Make a mistake halfway through? Start over. Not just from the last step, but from the beginning. Often with mission critical parts being heavily inspected or even replaced in the process just to be sure.
nah, it has to do with the fact that the lander was so many 'table-heights' away from the surface of the comet :-)
Time for a new unit?
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