“Philae is doing very well,” said project manager Stephan Ulamec in a statement on ESA’s website. “The lander is ready for operations.”
Scientists hope the lander will be take samples from the comet and provide data about how planets evolve, as it analyses the rock and ice within the comet.
The lander was released from its mothership Rosetta in November as it orbited the comet. Both Rosetta and Philae were launched 10 years ago.
Philae’s landing did not go entirely as planned when harpoons to anchor it to the surface of the comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. failed to deploy and it bounced twice before floating to rest two hours later.
Comets date back to the formation of the solar system some 4.6 billion years ago. Scientists suspect comets delivered water to Earth when they collided with the planet aeons ago.