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[S@H] Rosetta probe wakes up...
By Laura Vogel
Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014
The above image is an artist's rendering of the Rosetta Spacecraft. (NASA/ESA)
Tomorrow, January 20, 2014, a space probe will become operational after a long period of hibernation as is traveled through space to the proper position for its mission. This groundbreaking European Space Agency's cometary probe was created with NASA contributions, and its goal is to track a comet.
So far, these fast-moving "icy dirt balls" (as some astronomers dub comets) have only been observed and studied as they whip past telescopes or space probes that momentarily have them in their sites.
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