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Philae begins drilling into surface of comet

Comet probe Philae has started drilling into the surface of the comet which it landed on this Wednesday.

But there may not be enough power left in the craft's depleting batteries to obtain scientific data from the samples it collects.

An image of the Philae lander on the comet's surface.

Philae is believed to be tilted to one side in the shadow of a crater wall and is not getting enough light to recharge its batteries using electricity generated by its solar panels.

With less than 24 hours before the craft's primary battery power runs out, scientists are actively considering taking a last-ditch gamble and "hopping" the lander to a sunnier spot. Read: Scientists debating whether to 'hop' Philae to new spot

Engineers hope to make coding as easy as Pi

Just two years ago a group of Cambridge engineers created the Raspberry Pi - their aim was to make a very cheap computer that youngsters could programme - and learn how it works.

They've since sold almost 4 million of them... And now they've brought out a new version -"the A plus." At just under 20 pounds it's the cheapest computer they've produced.

Click below to watch the report by Stuart Leithes


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Image from Rosetta mission shows Philae Lander on comet

Rosetta’s lander Philae is safely on the surface of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, as these first images confirm. One of the lander’s three feet can be seen in the foreground.

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ESA issue public thanks for support during Rosetta mission

The European Space Agency has thanked its Twitter followers for their enthusiasm and support during today's Rosetta space mission.

Posting on it's official Twitter account the ESA said "You make 24-hr-long-days worthwhile!"

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