Rosetta wakes up!!
Alberto, our “little scientist” from London, has written to us that Rosetta is a mission from the European Space Agency (ESA) to investigate the materials of comets. Rosetta was launched in 2004 from the French Guiana and is going to land on a comet. Rosetta went three times around Earth and one around Mars to be accelerated by gravity impulses so it will be able to catch the comet.
After 31 months without knowing anything about the Rosetta spacecraft, as most of its systems were turned off to avoid wasting energy, the European Space Agency finally got a message from the ship on the 20th of January: Rosetta systems woke up when as it was planned.
Rosetta is now going to meet the comet by September or October this year.
More information in this ESA link.