Philae comet lander located on comet 67P, just before crash landing of Rosetta on comet's surface CNN
Philae found on comet 67P, photo taken September 2nd, 2016
Photo of Comet 67P taken on September 2nd, 2016. Photo: ESA
 

Where is the icy surface scientists expected to find on Comet 67P?

Termination of the Rosetta mission by crash landing the spacecraft on comet 67P seems premature. Why did the European Space Agency and it's affiliated scientists decide to crash land the Rosetta craft on the comet also known as Churyumov Gerasimenko orbiting Earth less than 2 years after landing the Philae spacecraft on the comet's surface? Could it be that they are trying to forget about the evidence they discovered which disrupts what the established astronomy community formerly believed to be true about comets?

Rosetta has been busily taking close up photographs of the Comet Churyumov Gerasimenko's rocky surface which is not icy as predicted. The lack of ice on C67P's surface is an uncomfortable reminder to the ways in which old astronomical theories about comet's are being rebuked by modern discoveries such as the up close tracking of the comet by Rosetta and Philae's failure to latch on to the surface as it was designed to cling to an icy not a rocky terrain.

Philae had been missing in action for the last 2 years. It was reported to be flipped over on one side of its washing machine size and shaped body, blocking it's solar panels from absorbing rays, however only earlier this month on September 2nd, 2016 was a photo released of Philae toppled in a rocky, shadowy region of the rubber duck shaped comet.


 

 

-AB 9/30/16 6:18