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was able to recover some of its functionality following mechanical difficulties experienced
during its shutdown before the second lunar night.
Details are not known at this time. The
lander appears to have shut down normally and is still functional.
The European Space Agency
mission to comet 67 P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko sent its first signal back to Earth on 20 January as planned
after two and a half years in energy-conserving hibernation. It will take its first images
of the comet in May. For more, see the
ESA Press Release.
- Uranus' rings first observed by astronomers aboard the Kuiper Airborne Observatory.
- Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter reaches Mars and goes into orbit.
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