Defying odds, comet lander phones home

November 14, 2014 11:56 PM

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Defying odds, comet lander phones home

BERLIN (Reuters) - The mission of the first robotic probe to land on a comet reached a high point on Friday when the spacecraft radioed back to Earth that it had successfully drilled into the comet's body.

Scientists with the European Space Agency’s Rosetta mission did not know if the small lander that touched down on the comet on Wednesday would have enough battery power to phone its findings back to Earth 500 million km (300 million miles) away.

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