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Comet lander Philae wakes up from hibernation - European Space Agency

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Published 14/06/2015 | 13:31

Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko taken by Rosetta's Osiris cameras on August 6 from a distance of 120 kilometres (74.5 miles) Credit: ESA/Rosetta/MPS for OSIRIS Team /PA Wire
Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko taken by Rosetta's Osiris cameras on August 6 from a distance of 120 kilometres (74.5 miles) Credit: ESA/Rosetta/MPS for OSIRIS Team /PA Wire

Comet lander Philae has woken up from hibernation, the European Space Agency has announced.

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The probe became the first spacecraft to land on a comet when it touched down on the surface of 67P in November.

The German Aerospace Centre, which operates Philae, said today that the probe communicated with the ground team on earth for 85 seconds yesterday.

Shortly after its historic landing, Philae managed to conduct experiments and send data to earth for about 60 hours before its batteries were depleted and it was forced into hibernation.

The centre said Philae resumed communication at 10.28pm local time last night, sending about 300 packages of data to earth via its mother ship Rosetta, which is orbiting the comet.

"Philae is doing very well," project manager Stephan Ulamec said.

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