The European Space Agency has stated that Rosetta’s mission, which has landed on the surface of Comet 67P / Churyumov-Gerasimenko, will be extended until 2016. By this time the lander will collect data on the comet and send it to the scientists to investigate.
In 2004, Rosetta’s ship was commissioned to investigate the 67P / Churyumov-Gerasimenko comet. In August of 2014 he reached his destination, and after exploring the environment, he landed on the surface of comet lander Philae, who appeared on it 12 November. 57 hours after landing and carrying out some research, the Philae had run out of batteries and stopped working.
Comet by this time approached the sun, so the photovoltaic cells installed on the lander re-loaded it and Philae revived, which was welcomed by scientists, giving the opportunity to continue the study. Although it was initially planned that the mission would end in December 2015, but as the lander began to work again, the ESA decided to donate funds for further research and extended the mission for an additional nine months. After this time, the comet will be so far away from the sun that the lander will no longer be able to function.