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Comet-chasing probe sends signal to Earth

Europe Comet Chaser

BERLIN (AP) - A comet-chasing space probe that has been in hibernation for almost three years has woken up and sent its first signal back to Earth.

The European Space Agency received the all-clear message "Hello World!" from its Rosetta spacecraft some 800 million kilometers (500 million miles) away shortly after 7 p.m. (1800 GMT; 1 p.m. EST).

Rosetta was put into hibernation in 2011 to conserve energy for its long journey to meet with comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko.

If all goes as planned the probe will rendezvous with the comet in the coming months and drop a lander onto its icy surface in November.

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jbernhisel January 20 2014 at 2:49 PM

This is one of our aliens, out to meet other aliens in space.

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kerrlakeroo jbernhisel January 20 2014 at 3:08 PM

When did Mexico send a ship up?

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avl14 January 20 2014 at 2:55 PM

thank we can get this guy to get a cell phone to work in my house.....

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jamesahooks January 20 2014 at 2:58 PM

If all goes well, and I hope it does, it will be a monumental task and the individuals that love space and our Earth will pay close attention. Good luck. The long journey will be one for the history books.

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dmcarroll99 January 20 2014 at 3:08 PM

This is so awesome! What we will learn from this probe will be amazing and unbelievable!!

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fishbbtnc January 20 2014 at 2:38 PM

Meanwhile America may land somebody on Obamacare.

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ddstan1120 fishbbtnc January 20 2014 at 3:13 PM

How did you sneak this comment past the Huffpo censors?? Love it!

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theholly January 20 2014 at 4:24 PM

I wish I could wake up that easily. I wonder what they will find? Maybe ice?

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larry theholly January 20 2014 at 7:27 PM

They will find Barack Obama. His policies and stimulus packages are out there in space. Must be that marijuana he claims he smoked as a teen and in college.

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raydar67 January 20 2014 at 3:11 PM

As Frank used to say.....'Help I'm a rock.'

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Gary Hand January 21 2014 at 5:00 PM

You think that there might be a picture of Obama up there?

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go4itjoed January 20 2014 at 2:51 PM

maybe it could drop a certain president current or past on to its surface

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michelobmw January 20 2014 at 3:08 PM

The good thing here is we still have starving homeless children here on earth while we spend billions to find a dead squid.

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