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Controllers now banking on Philae wake-up call

 The Philae probe made its historic touchdown on the 4km-wide "icy dirtball" 67P in November, but rapidly went silent when its battery ran flat. High-resolution pictures of the surface of the comet acquired by the orbiting Rosetta satellite have failed to identify the lander's location.
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Rosetta watches comet shed its dusty coat

ESA's Rosetta mission is providing unique insight into the life cycle of a comets dusty surface, watching 67P/ChuryumovGerasimenko as it sheds the dusty coat it has accumulated over the past four years.
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Rosetta: 'Goosebumps' on 'space duck' hint at comet formation

Scientists working on Europe's Rosetta probe, which is tracking Comet 67P, say they may have found evidence for how such icy objects were formed.
New pictures of the surface reveal a lumpy texture in places that researchers speculate could have been the body's original building blocks.

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Rosetta will prompt science images rethink

The European Space Agency needs to find a new way for images and other data acquired by its science missions to come out into the public domain. 
That is the view of the organisation's director general, Jean-Jacques Dordain. 
He was expressing his frustration at not seeing more pictures from the main camera system on Esa's Rosetta probe, which is tracking Comet 67P.

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High-resolution pictures have now been released of the Philae probe in the act of landing on Comet 67P last Wednesday.
They were acquired by the Narrow Angle Camera on the Rosetta satellite, which had dropped the little robot towards the surface of the "ice mountain".
The images are presented as a mosaic covering the half-hour or so around the "first touchdown" - the probe then bounced to a stop about 1km away.

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First pictures of Philae 'bounce' released

Images of the Philae probe moments after its initial touchdown have been published by the European Space Agency.
There was a nerve-wracking wait after the solar-powered Philae lander bounced a mile back into space following its first contact with comet 67P.

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Philae comet lander sends more data before losing power

The Philae lander on the distant comet 67P has sent another stream of data back to Earth before losing power.
The little probe delivered everything expected from it, just as its failing battery dropped it into standby mode.

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Comet lander scientist Dr Matt Taylor apologises for shirt

One of the scientists involved in the Philae lander mission has apologised for any offence caused over a shirt he wore earlier in the week.
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The Philae lander is drilling into the surface of comet 67/P, amid fears that its battery may die in hours.
Researchers at ESA say the instrument is being deployed to its maximum extent despite the risk of toppling the lander.

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'Time for risks' with comet lander

Scientists working on Philae comet lander say it is time to take more risks with the probe, amid fears its battery might die in hours.
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