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MYSTERY: Europe's comet lander awakes from hibernation...

USA TODAY

The European Space Agency's probe Philae has woken up and contacted Earth after about seven months in hibernation, the organization said Sunday.

It said the European Space Operations Center in Darmstadt, Germany, received signals from the lander late Saturday.

Scientists lost connection with the solar-powered probe after it was dropped on comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko by its mothership Rosetta on Nov. 15.

Philae's battery ran out of around 60 hours after it landed next to a cliff that largely blocked sunlight from reaching its solar panels.

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