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Rosetta’s lander is awake!

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Rosetta’s lander is awake!

Rosetta’s lander Philae was successfully reactivated today as part of the mission’s on-going instrument checkout phase.

Unlike the orbiter, which had to wake up and establish contact with Earth autonomously based on a pre-set alarm clock, Philae and the all of the scientific instruments on the mission get a personal wake-up call from Earth (via Rosetta). Philae’s wake-up command was in fact uploaded last week and executed at 06:00 GMT this morning, with a confirmation signal picked up when the satellite next communicated with Earth, at 11:35 GMT..

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