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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

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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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Concerns lander may have bounced off comet

Scientists at the European Space Agency say they have concerns over the fate of the Philae Lander.

As the anchors did not fire they cannot say "with 100% certainty that we are on the comet and are staying there." They are observing the movement of the lander to confirm it is stationary on the comet rather than "still in movement."

Earlier reports had said the harpoon anchors had fired.

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Comet probe almost ready to land

The Philae Lander is almost ready to start its landing on the comet.

The spider-like craft separated from its orbiting Rosetta mothership at 9.05am, to touch down on comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, a 2.5 mile-wide rugged lump of ice and dust hurtling through space at around 40,000 mph.

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