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Comet-chasing Probe Sends Signal to Earth

Updated: 01/20/2014 2:58 PM
Created: 01/20/2014 7:01 AM KSTP.com
By: Scott Theisen

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 500 million miles away shortly after 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.

In this Dec. 10, 2013 file picture a European Space Agency, ESA, employee sits in the control room for the Rosetta mission at the ESA in Darmstadt, Germany.
Photo: AP/dpa, Boris Roessler, File

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