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Rosetta comet probe enters hibernation in deep space

8 Jun 2011, 14:00 UTC
Rosetta comet probe enters hibernation in deep space ESA 2011 MPS for OSIRIS Team MPS/UPD/LAM/IAA/RSSD/INTA/UPM/DASP/IDA

The final command placing ESA's Rosetta comet-chaser into deep-space hibernation was sent earlier today. With virtually all systems shut down, the probe will now coast for 31 months until waking up in 2014 for arrival at its comet destination.

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