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Philae is dead: Zero chance of communicating with comet lander, scientists say

Philae is dead: Zero chance of communicating with comet lander, scientists say

Brandon Russell

Saying good-bye is never easy, even when it’s to a spacecraft that’s millions of miles away. Philae, the intrepid lander that had an epic rendezvous with Comet 67P in 2014, hasn’t made contact with the European Space Agency’s Rosetta mission since last July, and it’s looking like scientists are finally ready to give up hope of ever communicating with Philae again. “Unfortunately, the...