The hibernating European space probe
It then tweeted the same preset message in many languages, from "Hallo, welt!" to "Ciao, mondo!" to "Ahoj svet!"
"My antennas started tingling a few hours ago with all the shouting and wonderful #wakeuprosetta messages. Thank you!" the chatty probe reported.
The tweets signaled that the spacecraft, which was in sleep mode to preserve power, is getting set for its big meet-up with Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko in August.
"Glad to hear we're on our way!" the lander tweeted (@Philae2014) after
Using gravity like a slingshot,
After being put into hibernation in
The probe is 500 million miles from Earth, near Jupiter's orbit, and radio transmissions will take 45 minutes to reach listening stations in
There's another tweeter on the journey. MIDAS, a pack of scientific gear that will collect and analyze dust from the comet, has its own Twitter handle (@RosettaMIDAS) and had this to say after
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