European space agency gets first photo from comet explorer machine

The very first photo taken by the lander Philae from the surface of the comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko has been released by the European Space Agency.

The 'historic mission' is both exciting and full of things to contemplate, considering the machine observer's current condition.

Contrary to the previous plans of the scientists behind the project, Philae landed quite away from sunlight. Assuming the ideal landing position was achieved, the  machine's battery life can be longer to sustain energy, and hence, extended time to gather necessary data.

"We see that we get less solar power than we planned for", said said Koen Geurts one of the members of the research team manning the Philae.

"This, of course, has an impact on our ... capabilities to conduct science for an extended period of time", Geurts added.

Philae is in stable and healthy condition; Its scientific instruments are functioning properly and are now collecting and sending significant data back to Earth.

The first photo taken by Philae from the surface of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko:

Comet Churyumov Gerasimenko

News source: Huffington Post

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