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Fraser
2014-Nov-16, 11:50 PM
When the Philae lander arrived at its target comet last week, the little spacecraft landed three times in two hours before coming to a rest. While controllers could see this information from data coming in, they didn’t have any photographic proof — until now. The animation above, an enhancement of images from the orbiting Rosetta […]

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Jeff Root
2014-Nov-17, 11:40 AM
I removed the distracting speckles from the animation.

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-- Jeff, in Minneapolis

Spacedude
2014-Nov-17, 04:40 PM
From that image it appears to have landed in a fairly open & sunny spot.....at least sunny for a short time re-charging?

Amber Robot
2014-Nov-17, 06:56 PM
This link has more images:
http://blogs.esa.int/rosetta/2014/11/17/osiris-spots-Philae-drifting-across-the-comet/

Jeff Root
2014-Nov-17, 07:13 PM
Spacedude,

That was the location of the first bounce. The locations
of the second bounce and final landing spot are far enough
away from there that the terrain is completely different.

-- Jeff, in Minneapolis

Spacedude
2014-Nov-17, 09:58 PM
Thanks Jeff, my bad, from your posted pic I just assumed it was resting with it's shadow on the surface and not in the middle a of bounce (#2?) On the far right of the pic there is a large boulder so perhaps it settled down in it's shadow. I wonder if at the end of the orbiter's mission they'll try to softly land it on the comet similar to the ending of the NEAR- Shoemaker asteroid orbiter mission?