June 17, 2015, 11:44 a.m.View more articles
Philae, the first spacecraft to ever land on a comet, has made contact with Earth for the first time in seven months.
The robot sent three short messages around 10 seconds long to the European Space Agency on Saturday evening.
Philae landed on Comet 67P in November last year and worked for 60 hours before its battery ran flat.
Recently the comet has moved closer to the sun allowing Philae’s solar panels to generate the electricity needed to power up its systems and make contact.
The mission’s chief scientist, Matt Taylor, said he felt ‘absolute elation’ upon hearing the news.
‘It means we can do even more science now if everything goes positively over the next few days,’ Taylor said.
While Philae had already gathered data in November to help the scientists figure out how old the comet is and where it comes from, the robot’s solar-powered rebooting, means the Rosetta Mission team can do further important research.
The Rosetta Mission, one of the most ambitious space missions ever undertaken, was launched with the goal of understanding more about the evolution of our Solar System.
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