Rosetta concept. Credit: ESA

For ten years the ESA Rosetta probe has been on its way to the comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko and in June 2011 it was set in hibernation mode to conserve energy. The internal timer was set to awake the probe today with multiple radiators to first warm it up. The waiting is now on to receive a message from the probe to announce its “alive”.

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The space probe Rosetta has woken up after having traveled 800 million kilometers (500 million miles) through space in search of the origin of life, including 31 months in a deep slumber without contact with Earth.

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