#BREAKING144 Philae comet lander wakes up, says European Space Agency

#AceBreakingNews – June.14: The European Space Agency (Esa) says its comet lander, Philae, has woken up and contacted Earth.

Philae, the first spacecraft to land on a comet, was dropped on to the surface of Comet 67P by its mothership, Rosetta, last November.
It worked for 60 hours before its solar-powered battery ran flat.

The comet has since moved nearer to the Sun and Philae has enough power to work again, says the BBC’s science correspondent Jonathan Amos.

An account linked to the probe tweeted the message, “Hello Earth! Can you hear me?”

On its blog, Esa said Philae had contacted Earth, via Rosetta, for 85 seconds on Saturday in the first contact since going into hibernation in November.

“Philae is doing very well. It has an operating temperature of -35C and has 24 watts available,” said Philae project manager Stephan Ulamec.

Scientists say they now waiting for the next contact.

‘Comet hitchhiker’

ESA scientist Mark McCaughrean told the BBC: “It’s been a long seven months, and to be quite honest we weren’t sure it would happen – there are a lot of very happy people around Europe at the moment.”

Philae was carrying large amounts of data that scientists hoped to download once they made contact again, he said.

“I think we’re optimistic now that it’s awake that we’ll have several months of scientific data to pore over,” he added.

This is one of the most astonishing moments in space exploration and the grins on the faces of the scientists and engineers are totally justified, says BBC science editor David Shukman.

Philae comet lander wakes up, says European Space Agency_83621422_comet_on_5_june_2015_navcam.jpgThe European Space Agency says its comet lander, Philae, has woken up and contacted Earth, seven months after it lost power.

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Asteroid 1998 QE2 To Pass Earth Today

Been following 1998 QE2 For a while now http://shaunynews.com/2014/06/05/watch-as-the-beast-asteroid-sails-past-earth-this-week/ and in around 15 hours from now it comes closest to Earth and NASA and the ESA (European Space Agency) are worried it could be caught by our gravity. Also the Asteroid has a revolving object beside it, kinds like it’s own moon, pretty cool, below is a video of it’s approach

On Sunday, June 8th, an asteroid nicknamed “The Beast” will approach uncomfortably close to the Earth – 3.25 times the distance between the Earth and the moon, to be exact. The passing is uncomfortable for a couple of reasons: 1) Any space object nicknamed “The Beast” should be fear inducing no matter how close it is; and 2) The massive asteroid was only detected six weeks ago, much too late for NASA or any other agency to have diverted the path of such an asteroid if it was on a collision course with Earth. The asteroid, officially named 2014 HQ124, lives up to its nickname when one looks at the numbers behind the story. “The Beast” measures in at 1,100 feet (335 meters) in diameter – similar in size to a movie theater, football stadium, or a Nimitz-class aircraft carrier. Currently, the asteroid is hurtling through space at a speed of 31,000 mph. If it was to enter Earth’s gravitational field, its speed would increase to 40,000 mph by the time of impact

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