Philae ‘Phones Home’ After Seven-Month Slumber on Comet

June 15, 2015 10:53 AM

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Philae ‘Phones Home’ After Seven-Month Slumber on Comet

A beer-crate-sized robot flung 4 billion miles to a distant comet in the Solar System awoke from a seven-month slumber, surprising its creators with a message from outer space.

The lander, dubbed Philae, made contact with the European Space Agency’s operation center in Darmstadt, Germany, for 85 seconds this weekend in the first such transmission since it shut down shortly after landing in November. Scientists have been able to analyze more than 300 packets of data on the ...

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