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ESA said:
Watch our live transmissions
ESA said:
Monday, 20 Jan 2014 - 10:15 CET: ROSETTA WAKE-UP


On Monday 20 January, ESA’s comet-chasing spacecraft Rosetta will wake up from 31 months of deep space slumber. ESA will streaming live from ESOC, Darmstadt, Germany, with full coverage of the day’s historic events as they unfold, starting at 09:15 GMT (10:15 CET)

Rosetta’s computer is programmed to re-establish contact with Earth on 20 January, starting with an ‘alarm clock’ at 10:00 GMT. Immediately afterwards, the spacecraft’s startrackers will begin to warm up, taking around six hours. Rosetta will then send a signal to Earth to announce that it is awake. The first window of opportunity to receive a signal is between 17:30-18:30 GMT. The event can also be followed via www.livestream.com/eurospaceagency (embed code available)
http://www.esa.int/spaceinvideos/esalive
 

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Monday, 20 Jan 2014 - 10:15 CET: ROSETTA WAKE-UP


On Monday 20 January, ESA’s comet-chasing spacecraft Rosetta will wake up from 31 months of deep space slumber. ESA will streaming live from ESOC, Darmstadt, Germany, with full coverage of the day’s historic events as they unfold, starting at 09:15 GMT (10:15 CET)

Rosetta’s computer is programmed to re-establish contact with Earth on 20 January, starting with an ‘alarm clock’ at 10:00 GMT. Immediately afterwards, the spacecraft’s startrackers will begin to warm up, taking around six hours. Rosetta will then send a signal to Earth to announce that it is awake. The first window of opportunity to receive a signal is between 17:30-18:30 GMT. The event can also be followed via www.livestream.com/eurospaceagency (embed code available)
http://www.esa.int/spaceinvideos/esalive[/quote]

Read this this morning! Seems like a pretty cool idea. I hope it doesn't get obliterated by the sun this time around ;)
 
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The quoting in the OP seems f'ed up, sorry for that.
 
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Of course I do. Here's Rosetta's infographic

Will they be bringing back pieces of comet then after this landing?
 
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I think it samples it in situ? Too difficult to relaunch from comet for such a small lander.

Dang! Ninja'd
 
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I was, as a european, honestly quite jealous of the last Mars Rover landing NASA concocted. Using a supersonic parachute and rocket-crane to lower a small car onto a distant planet is pretty much one of the coolest things I'd ever heard.

Slingshotting yourself through the solar system and landing on a freaking meteor has rekindled my love for the ESA though :p
 

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Slingshotting yourself through the solar system and landing on a freaking meteor has rekindled my love for the ESA though
That's how we do it on Kerbal Space Program!
 
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Max Planck Institute said:
How Philae warms up for the big game

10. February, 2014

The science planning for the lander measurements in the neighborhood and on the surface of the comet are currently more and more taking shape. Yes, you read correctly: the lander wants to measure the comet and its environment already while Rosetta is approaching the nucleus and while the lander is still safely attached to the orbiter. This is, of course, not the key science phase of the lander instruments; the best and most valuable scientific results from the lander will come from the surface of the nucleus. But this mission is so unique, that every bit of data is valuable.

The lander will investigate the comet in four phases, i.e. the pre-landing phase, the separation, descent and landing phase (called SDL), the first science sequence after landing (called FSS), and the long-term science phase (called LTS). Although not producing immediate scientific results, but equally important is the post-hibernation commissioning of the lander and its instruments. After all, the lander was switched off and its equipment was not used, monitored, and maintained for a period of more than two years. Imagine doing that with your car….
Full article at: http://www.mps.mpg.de/3086295/Philae_Blog1
 
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Five milion km to go, "almost there" in space terms.
 
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First selfie (crappy quality though)



Rosetta’s solar panels as seen by Philae’s CIVA imaging system on April 14, 2014
 
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Between March 27th and May 4th, Rosetta approached comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko from a distance of around 5 million to 2 million km. This sequence of images shows the comet’s movement against the background star field during this time. Rosetta (and the comet) are between 640 and 610 million km from the sun. The comet is seen to develop a dust coma as the sequence progresses, with clear activity already visible in late-April.




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That comet looks like ginger or a truffle. :)
 

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This is awesome stuff!! 5 days to go.