Space | 26. July 2016 | posted by Fabian Walker

Say goodbye to Philae

Credit: DLR (CC-BY 3.0)
Some members of the Philae lander team at the DLR Lander Control Center in Cologne.

+++ Update: Thank you for all the great pictures and wishes you sent to Philae. You can find all photos in our flickr-Gallery. We also produced a video from these pictures:  +++

12 November 2014 would have been an otherwise unremarkable day on Earth were it not for the historic event that took place – for the first time ever, humankind landed on the surface of a comet. Well actually, it was the robot lander Philae who touched down on the surface of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko at 17:09 CET. On 27 July 2016, the Electrical Support System (ESS) on Rosetta, which is used to communicate with Philae, will be switched off to save energy before September 30, the day the Rosetta mission will come to an end.

The robot lander Philae made it into history books: he didn’t just land on a comet, he also told the world about it as he did it – another first! He reported the landing, step by step, in real time, making everyone a part of his mission. His landing tweet "Touchdown! My new address: 67P" was retweeted more than 36,000 times, and he has 448,000 followers on Twitter (@Philae2014). We know that the little robot has a place in the hearts of many – to this day, his twitter account is filled with messages of hope and concern for his well-being.

We invite you all to help us and our partners say goodbye to Philae. But how?##markend##

You have until 8 August 2016 to send a picture saying goodbye to Philae. Send us a picture in which you say goodbye to Philae. It can be of yourself, or in a group, or even a corporate picture. You can send your picture in all of these ways:

Social Media Channels

If you do not have accounts in any of these platforms, don't worry. You can also send us an email with your picture and message to: GoodbyePhilae[at]

Or send it via fax: +49 (0) 2203 601-3249

Or by post to: Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt (DLR), Kommunikation, Linder Höhe, 51147 Köln.

In order to use your images you must agree to the following:

By submitting this image to Deutsche Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt e. V., Linder Höhe, 51147 Cologne, (referred to in the following as 'DLR'), I hereby grant my irrevocable consent that DLR may, for reasons of public relations or for commercial purposes as part of the promotion #GoodByePhilae, disseminate and publish the image material taken and submitted of myself or of my minor child.

  •  convert the images into data packets sent towards comet 67P;
  •  use the images for the production of videos and to publish these videos, also on the Internet;
  • publish the images (and videos produced on their basis) on the DLR social media channels (Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Flickr, YouTube, Vimeo, Vine, Instagram), but without showing the names of the persons.

The legal guardian hereby grants his/her consent insofar as the person/s shown is/are of minor age.

#GoodbyePhilae images (800+) are making their way into our Flickr gallery. Send yours until 8 August 2016.




About the author

Fabian Walker has been an online editor in the DLR communications department since 2012. Until 2007, he studied audiovisual media at the Academy of Media Arts in Cologne with a focus on documentary film directing. He then worked as a freelance writer for the online editorial team of the WDR. to authorpage

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