- an island in the Nile, in Upper Egypt: the site of ancient temples; now submerged by the waters of Lake Nasser.
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The basic approach went as planned: after separating from the Rosetta orbiter, Philae coasted slowly to the comet surface.
UPDATE: Since publication yesterday, the Philae team learned that the probe bounced two times and apparently landed on its side.
In that mission, Philae follows the Deep Impact probe, which did not include a lander.
For that reason, Rosetta and Philae might help us understand the chemical origins of life on Earth.Comet Surfing on a Rocket
Matthew R. Francis
August 10, 2014
Four of us, marooned at Philae, not knowing it, and night coming on.It Happened in Egypt
C. N. Williamson
During our stay at Philae she found a troglodyte who was induced to teach her his language.Cleopatra, Complete
The ancient Egyptians swore solemnly "By him who sleeps in Philae."
Imagine this, and you have "Pharaoh's Bed" and the temple of Philae as they are to-day.
Now, in all Egypt, and I suppose in all the world there is nothing just like Philae.
- an island in Upper Egypt, in the Nile north of the Aswan Dam: of religious importance in ancient times; almost submerged since the raising of the level of the dam
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