Conditions seemed perfect for a successful result, but after an apparently satisfactory launch in 2010 and climbing to a high altitude, it set off on a course into the void and then crashed heavily. Although it may have bounced a couple of times, photos from several angles indicate it is positioned very awkwardly. There are concerns it is fast running out of time to communicate its message to the outside world and complete its historic mission.
Milae is part of a European project to control as much territory as possible with robots operated remotely from a centre in Brussels.
13:00 UPDATE: the BBC reports that the project is "trying to move Milae forward using its own little legs. But its policies are fast running out."