The search of Philae

Astronomy Science ~ After bouncing when landing on the surface of Comet 67P last weekend, Philae lander finally landed far from its intende...

Astronomy Science ~ After bouncing when landing on the surface of Comet 67P last weekend, Philae lander finally landed far from its intended location. The exact location where he landed to date remains a mystery, but the ESA mission controllers have narrowed down the location search.

ESA controllers have not made a definite visual identification of Philae. Rosetta is a scan from the top to be able to catch a glimpse of the lander. Until then, the researchers used a number of instruments, including consert, Comet Nucleus Sounding Experiment by Radio Transmission. This tool sends a radio signal from the orbiter to the lander, and when the geometry is right, the signal will pass through the comet nucleus, allowing the interior to be analyzed.

Philae landing approximate location based on data CONSERT
To find Philae, ESA controllers improve consert for measuring the distance between Rosetta and Philae during the period of direct visibility between the orbiter and lander, and measurements taken through the core. This allows the team to narrow the search to the strip shown in the image above.
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