Comet-Chasing Probe Sends Signal to Earth

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

A comet-chasing space probe that has been in hibernation for almost three years has woken up and sent its first signal back to Earth.

A comet-chasing spacecraft travelling in space for 10 years is set to wake up in late January after 957 days of deep-space hibernation. (Courtesy: AP)

A comet-chasing space probe that has been in hibernation for almost three years has woken up and sent its first signal back to Earth.

The European Space Agency received the all-clear message "Hello World!" from its Rosetta spacecraft some 800 million kilometers (500 million miles) away shortly after 7 p.m. (1800 GMT; 1 p.m. EST).

Rosetta was put into hibernation in 2011 to conserve energy for its long journey to meet with comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko.

If all goes as planned the probe will rendezvous with the comet in the coming months and drop a lander onto its icy surface in November.


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