Monday, June 15, 2015

Philae Comet lander wakes up, hits snooze


CHURYUMOV-GERASIMENKO, SPACE - Philae, the first spacecraft to ever land on a comet, has awakened after landing 7 months ago and going to sleep, only to hit the snooze bar.

"This is unfamiliar territory," said ESA (European Space Agency) Somnochronologist Knute Ohlsson. "We don't know how long the snooze is set, so it could be nine minutes or seven more months."

Observers hope that as the comet nears the sun, the Philae lander will awaken again to warmer, more favorable conditions and get some work done.
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