This confirmed link comes as excellent news in Philae’s evolving mission, which is hotting up as comet Churyumov–Gerasimenko approaches perihelion (its closest point to the Sun, which it will reach on the night of 12 to 13 August). Various communication attempts between Rosetta and Philae have been made in the last few days. However, a stable link between the spacecraft and lander was established yesterday evening on the eighth attempt, running almost uninterrupted for 20 minutes — a real surprise for the teams, who are now analysing the data.
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