Philae lander wakes up on surface of comet after hibernating for 7 months



About seven months after making a bumpier-than-expected landing on a comet hurtling through deep space, the European Space Agency’s (ESA) Philae lander successfully reestablished contact with scientists on Earth late Saturday, marking a milestone in an already unprecedented mission

The ESA announced the news on Sunday morning eastern time, but said that the data was first received in a burst that lasted about 85 seconds, from the comet lander on Saturday. The data was relayed by the Rosetta spacecraft, which is orbiting the comet. The Rosetta Mission is the first ever mission to successfully land a spacecraft on a comet. Read more…

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