Rosetta probe waking up, moving closer to comet orbit and landing

01/19/2014 | Reuters

The European Space Agency's Rosetta spacecraft is expected to reawaken this morning after a 10-year journey on its way to orbit a comet and put a lander down on its surface. The probe is about 500 million miles, or about 800 million kilometers, from Earth, which means transmissions from it will take about 45 minutes to reach listening stations in Australia and California. The craft has been hibernating for about three years to conserve power. It will reach comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko in late summer.

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