One of the most ambitious missions ever undertaken by European scientists will pass a critical test on Monday, when the
Most of the spacecraft's instruments were turned off to save power during its nearly 10-year journey.
Scientists at ESA's control room in Darmstadt,
The first signal from the spacecraft is expected sometime after
Philae is due to take pictures of the approximately 4km-wide comet and will eventually drill into its surface.
Searching for origins of life
By studying the comet, scientists hope to get a clearer idea of how the solar system was formed billions of years ago.
"Comets are like time capsules, remnants from the birth of the solar system," Professor
Scientists say comets probably brought much of the water to our planet and could even have provided the complex organic molecules that may have played a crucial role in the evolution of life on earth.
The name of the mission was inspired by the Rosetta Stone discovered in
Like the archeological treasure that helped historians understand much of the ancient world, space scientists hope the
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