Rosetta Awakens

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    ESA’s Rosetta spacecraft has awakened after a 31-month-long slumber to prepare for it’s rendezvous with comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko.

    ESA’s Rosetta spacecraft officially awoke from its 31-month-long slumber this past Monday.  The comet-chaser phoned home for the first time in a long time.  It’s now just a few months away with its scheduled rendezvous with comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko.  Rosetta is up and at it too.  The spacecraft came out of stabilized spin, pointed its antenna at Earth, and sent a signal back to operators to confirm it had survived its long journey.  Before its date with the comet, ESA will be conducting tests on the spacecraft’s instruments to make sure its ready.