The first photo image from the surface of a comet shows the tiny lander Philae perched in the shadows of a cliff that could complicate the operation of solar panels needed to keep instruments working, European Space Agency said Thursday.

The first photos show one of Philae’s three legs resting on bleak rocky terrain of the comet known as 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenkohas.

“We are just in the shadow of a cliff,” mission scientist Jean-Pierre Bibring said, adding that panoramic photos indicate the edge could be just a few yards away. “We are in a shadow permanently, and that is part of the problem.”

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