Jubilation at European Space Agency as signal picked up after comet lander goes into sleep when solar-powered battery ran flat in November
A comet probe which ran out of power seven months ago, leading scientists to fear that crucial data about the early solar system had been lost, has woken up and is now communicating with Earth.
There was jubilation at the European Space Agency on Saturday night when a signal from Philae was picked up at 10.28pm.
For 85 seconds, Philae “spoke” with its team on ground, via spaceship Rosetta which dropped off the lander in November and has been orbiting comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko ever since.
Already hundreds of packets of data which were feared lost forever have been sent back to Earth for analysis…..More
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