One of the most ambitious missions in the history of space goes into high-risk mode on Monday.
Comet-chasing Probe To Be Roused From Sleep
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January 18, 2014

Via AFP:

One of the most ambitious missions in the history of space goes into high-risk mode on Monday when Europe rouses a comet-chasing probe from years of hibernation.

"The most important alarm clock in the Solar System" will end the scout Rosetta's long slumber, gearing it for a historic rendezvous in deep space, the European Space Agency says.

Launched almost a decade ago, Rosetta is a billion-dollar bet to prise open the secrets of comets.

Clusters of ice and dust -- which explains their nickname of "dirty snowballs" -- comets are believed to be remnants from the very birth of our star ...

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