Wake Up, Rosetta!

EU spacecraft Rosetta wakes up at 5am EST (10am GMT) after 957 days of hibernation. Once the craft completes its wake-up checklist, it will finally begin its mission of orbiting and and mapping the surface of comet 67P (Churyumov-Gerasimenko) before also sending down a lander for an “in person” investigation. This is the first time in history an Earth craft has made rendezvous with a comet, and the first time we’ve ever escorted one past its closest approach to the Sun.

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