Scientists have uncovered a strange mystery while searching for the location of the landing of a spacecraft lost 6 years ago, when carrying out a landing operation on a comet (an asteroid) in distant outer space, and the “Filet” spacecraft that was working as part of a space mission called “Rosetta” The European Space Agency (ESA) landed on a 4 km-wide ice comet “67P / Churyumov Gerasimenko” in 2014.
According to “Sputnik”, the mission failed when the vehicle hit the surface of the comet for two consecutive times before settling in a dark cave two hours after it came into contact with the comet due to its weak gravity (about 50 thousand times weaker than the Earth’s gravity).
According to the “Space” website specializing in space science, the spacecraft failed to recharge its battery due to the darkness and the lack of sufficient sunlight, so the spacecraft collected data for several days, then stopped transmitting and entered a sleep phase.
Scientists discovered the first landing site months after the ship was lost in 2014, and the vehicle was found in 2016, but the second landing site remains a strange mystery that has not been revealed to this day.
After an extensive search of the images, scientists found the second landing site, which in turn revealed a strange shape on the surface of the comet that had not been observed before.
Researcher Lawrence O’Rourke from the European Space Agency, who led the successful search for the “Philae”, said in a statement: “The spacecraft left us a final mystery awaiting solution. It was very important to find the landing site, because the sensors in the vehicle indicated that It was dug into the comet’s surface, which would give us invaluable access to ice billions of years old. ”
Landing in the “skull”
A recent study solved a mystery that had puzzled research teams for years, by analyzing data and images, as the spacecraft’s second landing site was found.
The landing site is about 30 meters away from where the spacecraft settled, according to research published in the journal “Nature”, where the vehicle collided with the ground at least 4 times.
Surprisingly, scientists spotted a strange face formed by the fall of the vehicle on the comet, where the leader of the search said: “The shape of the rocks that were affected by the vehicle reminded me of a skull when looking at it from the top, so I decided to call the area (the chain of the top of the skull), the right eye. The face of the skull was formed by pressing the upper surface of the vehicle against the dirt, while a cleft between the rocks (the upper cranial incision) was formed when the vehicle was rotating and was a plane like a windmill.
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