The European Space Agency has announced that Philae, the first human designed spacecraft to land on a comet, has come back to life! As you recall, the lander settled in a shady valley on the comet seven months ago, which limited it’s ability to recharge using its solar panels. Philae ran out of battery power sooner than expected, leaving a whole bunch of science experiments unfinished and all of geekdom sad.
Philae did manage to take some crappy photos with it’s crappy digital camera before running out of battery, and scientists have hoped that the batteries would slowly recharge and bring the probe back to life. This being 2015, Philae woke up and promptly tweeted:
Scientists at ESA are overjoyed, and looking forward to conducting more experiments. There’s just one small problem….due to its extended dormancy, the lander has reset itself to its default factory settings and before any experiments can be conducted, ESA must reset Philae’s clock.
This was not part of the plan, and ESA scientists are unable to control the four-way controller remotely. Scientists are furiously looking for the owner’s manual.