'Sleeping beauty' comet probe awakens from slumber
Published on Jan 21, 2014 6:22 AM
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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