The Philae Lander, a space probe launched by the European Space Agency remained a subject of great mystery. The probe landed somewhere on a comet in deep space but didn’t contact the Earth station since November 2014. Mission heads have been searching this large cube in space from that day. The Rosetta spacecraft has been roaming around the Comet 67P, the place where Philae lander is present. The spacecraft has broadcast series of images to the Earth station.
The scientists have narrowed down the area on the comet’s surface where there are more chances of finding the probe. The landing of Philae turned out to be much tougher than expected and the agency expects that it must have travelled a kilometer on the surface of comet. Radio signals were utilized by the European Agency to beam back signals from Philae to Rosetta. The lander was functioning for good 60 hours and the narrowed down area will be explored now to find the probe.
The narrow down area has the dimension of a 16 meter by 160 meter. The complications in the search operations have increased as scientists working on the project keep adding new areas and data about the search window. This definitely keeps changing the target area of the search. The complicated mission is far from over as of now. Philae managed to land in the shady area of the surface and therefore it was unable to recharge itself as only power source it had been solar panels on board.