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'Sleeping beauty' comet probe awakens from slumber

Published on Jan 21, 2014 6:22 AM
 
An artist's impression handout image by the European Space Agency shows the Rosetta orbiter deploying the Philae lander to comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko. Rosetta woke up Monday after a 31-month hibernation in a nearly decade-old quest to explore a comet, ESA announced. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

PARIS (AFP) - The European probe Rosetta woke up Monday after a 31-month hibernation in a nearly decade-old quest to explore a comet, the European Space Agency (ESA) announced.

"Hello, world!" ESA said on Twitter, mimicking the signal sent back from deep space by the billion-dollar unmanned craft.

The agency described Rosetta as a "sleeping beauty" that had emerged from a long sleep.

"It was a fairy-tale ending to a tense chapter," it said.

 
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