Comet-chasing probe sends signal after 'space hibernation'

The European Space Agency's comet-chasing Rosetta probe has sent back a signal after it was woken from its "deep space hibernation" after almost three years.

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ESA: At least 90 minutes to get Rosetta health report

The European Space Agency (ESA) has said it will take at least an hour-and-a-half to get a health report from the Rosetta spacecraft:

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The #Rosetta mission control team now readying pre-defined telecommands to upload to @esa_rosetta

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With one-way signal time of 45mins, it will take at least 90mins to get health report from @esa_rosetta - for now basic radio signal only

More: Alarm goes off for Rosetta to resume its space mission

ESA says it expects Rosetta signal 'any minute now'

The European Space Agency (ESA) has said it expects to make contact with its comet-chasing Rosetta probe "any minute now".

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'Any minute now we expect the signal from #Rosetta' - ESA Operatiosn Manager Andrea Accomazzo

Watch a live transmission from the European Space Operations Centre here

Read: Alarm goes off for Rosetta to resume its space mission

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Wake Up Rosetta: Comet chaser to resume mission

An artist's impression of the Rosetta cometary probe Credit: ESA

The European Space Agency's comet-chasing Rosetta probe will be woken up from its "deep space hibernation" today.

The spacecraft will be brought back to life after two and a half years at 10am GMT to resume its mission towards Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenk.

But as its systems will take hours to power up and the signal has to travel more than 500 million miles back to Earth, the first signal from the spacecraft is not expected before 17:30 GMT.