ESA Euronews 31 January 2014 - Rosetta: The Comet Hunter Awakes

The exploits of comet-hunting spacecraft Rosetta are generating intense interest as it speeds towards a dramatic climax this autumn.

The craft will catch up with comet 67p/Churyumov--Gerasimenko, fly alongside, and put a lander on its surface. Throughout this fantastic voyage, Euronews will have special access to the engineers and scientists who are making it happen.

On 20th January Rosetta woke up from two and a half years of hibernation. It was a moment of extreme tension for everyone at ESA's European Space Operations Centre in Darmstadt, Germany. Strained, nervous faces searched for a signal from a probe in deep space.

After some 45 minutes of anxiety the all-important first signal came through. The scientists burst into energetic applause.

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