The European Space Agency’s authorities will be having a crucial meeting on Monday where data sent back by the lander Philae will be analyzed for discussions before the final findings are published for public consumption. The German aeronautics and space research center revealed this recently when the teams were ready to go forward on the results of the scientific data downloaded from Philae on comet 67P.
Before going totally silent in its present idle mode, due to its inability to recharge its solar battery panels from direct sunlight, the comet lander had transmitted back some very important scientific data to Earth, and ESA scientists as well as people all over the world are eager to know what the data contains and how it adds value to our understanding of the Earth or our solar system.
According to a spokesman, Andreas Schuetz, the research center will publish the scientists total findings after they rise from their meeting on Monday, where they will have discussed a data analyses of what information the Philae transmitted.
The Philae had taken and sent back photo images of the comet, and it had also been commanded to drill a 10-inch hole into the ground of comet’s surface and excavate some soil samples for analysis in its onboard laboratory. Scientists are eager to know the analysis of the lab-tested comet’s soil samples and see how this affects organic matter and water back on Earth.
The layers of materials under comet’s soil have remained unchanged and intact for 4.5 billion years, and its samples would be a time capsule that researchers would like to study. The comet had been instructed to move its position by 1.5 inches and rotate to about 35 degrees in order to achieve direct sunlight upon its solar batteries, but it did not complete the performance before its batteries went down and it slipped into an idle sleep mode.