It's not dead yet! Mission Control has re-established contact with the Philae lander, which is perched on a comet.
"That's quite a feat," NPR's Geoff Brumfiel tells our Newscast Desk. "Philae was supposed to land on a nice flat surface where it could get plenty of solar power — but it bounced and ended up in the shadow of a cliff. So its batteries are running low."
Philae, the first spacecraft to land on a comet and study it, is still sending back scientific data. Today's accomplishments include:
The first comet drilling.
It did a little dance.
Power is running low quickly without enough sunlight, the European Space Agency reports on its blog.
But Brumfiel says the mission has already been a success, with all of the data it's been able to send back: "This thing has really had a bright — if slightly short — life on the comet."