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Philae

(fī`lē), former island, SE Egypt, NE Africa, in the Nile River N of the Aswan High Dam. Of its temples, all dating from late Egyptian and classical times (600 B.C.–A.D. 600), the most famous was the temple to Isis, built by the early Ptolemies and not closed to pagan worship until the reign of Justinian. The island is now covered by the waters of Lake NasserNasser, Lake,
c.1,550 sq mi (4,010 sq km), on the Nile River, SE Egypt and N Sudan, known as Lake Nubia in Sudan. Created in the 1960s, it extends c.350 mi (560 km) behind Aswan High Dam, submerging the more southern second and third cataracts. Lake Nasser averages c.
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. An international fund (organized 1960) aided the removal of most of the monuments before the island was submerged.

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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Rosetta and Philae are designed to watch the comet as it makes its way toward a close approach with the sun in about a year.
Simeon and the Tombs of the Nobles, the Unfinished Obelisk, the Kalabsha Temple or the Temple of Philae, where the ghost of Osiris rests.
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Philae lander manager Dr Stephan Ulamec said: "Maybe today we didn't just land once; we landed twice.
The landing team at mission control in Darmstadt had to sweat through a tense seven-hour wait that began when Philae dropped from the agency's Rosetta space probe as both it and the comet hurtled through space at 41,000 mph.
Comets and other small space rocks have much less gravity than planets or moons, which is why it will take Philae close to seven hours to float to comet 67P's surface.
But it's a pity that the Philae lander from the European Space Agency's Rosetta mission didn't have more time to look for life on Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko.
The Royal Astronomy Society also has an exhibition at the pavilion with a model of Philae - the robotic Space Agency lander that accompanied the Rosetta spacecraft until it landed on the 67P/Churyumov- Gerasimenko comet.
Aswan has many five-star hotels, such as rge Cataract Hotel and Valentine, along with many archaeological shrines, among which are the Philae Temple located on an island between the High Dam and the Aswan Reservoir, as well as the temple of Abu Simbel near the Egyptian border with Sudan.
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A scientist has admitted being "horrified" by the way her emotions spilled over when the Philae probe made its historic comet landing.