Philae, the first robot to land on a comet and take images of it’s surface, has sent the Earth a final goodbye through a series of sad tweets.
The agency will switch off the Electrical Support System Processor Unit (ESS) on the Rosetta spacecraft, which is currently orbiting around the comet some 520 million kilometres from the Sun.
No signal has been received by Rosetta from Philae since last July 9, 2015 and earlier this year the lander was considered to be in a state of eternal hibernation.
During the next two months, Rosetta will use its remaining power to conduct scientific measurements before it crash-lands on the comet Sept. 30.
The Rosetta spent two years orbiting Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko revealing new details about its structure, evolution and even discovering organic molecules that form key building blocks of proteins on its surface.
This data will help improved scientists’ understanding of comets and the role they played in the early universe.
You can send the probe a goodbye note by using the hashtag #GoodbyePhilae on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.