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Rosetta comet chaser set to wake up Monday after 31 months in hibernation

Sunday, January 19, 2014
FILE: This publicly provided image by the European Space Agency ESA shows an artists impression of the Rosetta orbiter deploying the Philae lander

FILE: This publicly provided image by the European Space Agency ESA shows an artist's impression of the Rosetta orbiter deploying the Philae lander. ESA says Tuesday Dec. 10, 2013 its Rosetta probe will wake up from hibernation Jan. 20 before chasing down comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. (AP Photo/ESA, C.Carreau)

The European Space Agency will re-start its mission to catch a comet Monday.

The Rosetta spacecraft, which launched in 2004 and has been in sleep mode for nearly three years, will be turned on Monday morning.

Scientists put Rosetta into a planned hibernation 31 months ago in order to save enough power to complete its mission. That mission is to land on comet 67P Churyumov-Gerasimenko.

In June, it will launch a probe to land on the comet and collect data and pictures from the icy surface.

It will be the first time any nation will attempt to land on a comet.

You can watch Rosetta's wake-up call live online at 3am Monday CST.

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