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The Philae probe batteries recovered and activated after 7 months

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Scientists hoped that the probe would resume its operation when the comet approached the sun because solar panels would capture device light enough to recharge their batteries

The Philae probe on a comet fell woke up after seven months and managed to communicate with Earth for more than a minute, reported the European Space Agency.

The spacecraft in November became the first that settles on the ice surface of a comet, called 7P / Churyumov-Gerasimenko.

Shortly after his historic decline, Philae succeeded experiments and send data back to Earth for about 60 hours before its batteries were exhausted and was forced to shut down their systems.

Scientists hoped that the probe would resume its operation when the comet approached the sun because solar panels would capture device light enough to recharge your batteries.

The expectation was fulfilled on Saturday at 10:28 pm (2028 GMT) when the probe sent a signal to Earth again.

"I'm not surprised what happened, but it's exciting to have someone call suddenly at night and say 'we have a signal Philae' after a wait of several months," said Stephan Ulamec, project manager for the German Aerospace Center (DLR for its acronym in German). "We are happy".

The short burst of communication of the probe containing 300 data packets and then transmitted to Earth by the orbiting mother ship Rosetta comet.

"I just received information for about 85 seconds. It's just about maintaining records and probe systems" Ulamec said.

That transmission was enough for scientists knew that Philae is well and has begun to capture enough sunlight to maintain communications.

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