11 of the Cutest #GoodbyePhilae Tweets
published during a waning crescent moon.


Credit: ESA/Rosetta/NavCam

The Rosetta orbiter made history when she landed on a comet named 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko — the first mission to ever do so. Rosetta communicated with her lander Philae using a special unit.

But last summer Philae went silent, and Rosetta kept her spirits up by keeping busy, documenting her subject and chatting with Earth. Despite her hope that maybe Philae would wake up from hibernating, Earth informed Rosetta that she’d have to power down some parts of herself to conserve energy for the next few months.

And so Earth and Rosetta sadly bid farewell to little Philae. Here are some of the best #GoodbyePhilae tweets.

1. This farewell wave.

2. This token of gratitude from Curiosity.

3. This throwback to Philae’s landing.

4. These two sad little campers mourning the bot in Spain.

5. And this couple of pawspiring catstronauts.

6. This promotional poster for the next Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy movie.

7. This goodbye from under the sea.

8. This nod from Philae’s colleagues, the Voyager spacecrafts.

And this message from Paxi, an Earth-loving alien who works with the European Space Agency (ESA).

9. The French space agency’s adieu.

10. This addition of the Rosetta mission’s plaque in NASA’s hall of fame.

11. And these adorable animations from an ESA video of Rosetta and Philae’s time together.