A handout photo released on Nov. 13, 2014 by the European Space Agency, and captured on November 12 by the CIVA-P imaging system, shows a 360∫ view of the surface of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko around the point of final touchdown, during Philae's descent.
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By TIME Video
November 15, 2014

The first human probe to land on a comet went dark Friday night while sending data back to the European Space Agency.

In an online statement, the head of operations for the probe said, “this machine performed magnificently under tough conditions, and we can be fully proud of the incredible scientific success Philae has delivered.”

The probe lost power after bouncing into a shady area of the comet during its landing. Before losing power, the Philae accomplished about 80% of its scheduled observations.

Philae could soon regain power if its solar panels are able to pick up enough sunlight.




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