ESA’s Sleeping Beauty Awake Again

Today, still about 9 million km from the comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, Rosetta’s pre-programmed internal ‘alarm clock’ woke up the spacecraft. After warming up its key navigation instruments, coming out of a stabilising spin, and aiming its main radio antenna at Earth, Rosetta sent a signal to let mission operators know it had survived the most distant part of its journey.

Rosetta calls home

More to be found at European Space Agency

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