January 22, 2014
Rosetta Has Awoken!
ESA’s Rosetta spacecraft officially awoke from its 31-month-long slumber this past Monday. The comet-chaser phoned home for the first time in a long time. It’s now just a few months away with its scheduled rendezvous with comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. Rosetta is up and at it too. The spacecraft came out of stabilized spin, pointed its antenna at Earth, and sent a signal back to operators to confirm it had survived its long journey. Before its date with the comet, ESA will be conducting tests on the spacecraft’s instruments to make sure it’s ready.
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