Despite landing fumble, comet probe working well

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PARIS: Europe’s comet probe Philae was “working well” despite a rough-and-tumble touchdown that left it partly shadowed from battery-boosting sunlight, ground controllers said on Thursday (Friday in Manila). Clearly relieved, they reported that in the first 24 hours after its historic landing, the lab had sent home a slew of data and images from comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko—though from a mystery location. New data showed the washing machine-sized lander had bounced twice after its initial touchdown Wednesday, likely ending up at a slight angle with one leg dangling and in the shadow of a cliff.

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