The small comet lander made its dramatic landing onto the dusty surface of Comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko after being released by the European Space Agency’s Rosetta spacecraft.
Philae failed to fire its anchoring grappling hooks as it made first contact with the comet, causing it to bounce off the surface, sending it on an uncertain trajectory.
The gravity of the comet’s bulk was just enough to prevent it from spinning into space, resulting in another series of bounces.
But now scientist announced on Sunday that they have finally found the long-lost small comet-lander.
As the countdown to the destruction of the European Space Agency’s Rosetta spacecraft has already begun, Rosetta captured images of the lost Philae just in time before its mission will end on September 30th when the probe will crash into Comet 67P.