Comet-chaser, woken up!

1401-018 Rosetta & Philae landing comet (August 2014)

Since launch in 2004, Europe’s Rosetta spacecraft has switched to ” sleep-hibernation” for almost after three years in travel in space itself alone, and has woken up – “back to work for comet-chaser”

Now it’s ready on the way to land on a Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko in August 2014.

Why wants to land a comet to study?
The Rosetta spacecraft will prepare to dispatch its lander “Philae” to land the comet for a close-up study of the comet nucleus.

By studying the comet, scientists hope to get a clearer idea of how the solar system was formed billions of years ago.

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