At 4:28 pm ET, June 13, scientists around the world let out a huge sigh of relief: The Philae lander — the first space probe to ever land on a comet — transmitted its first signal after sitting dormant for over seven months!
Scientists weren’t sure if Philae would ever wake up after it powered down last November with the final words on Twitter:
But it looks like the little lander may stand up to its promise after all. Philae is now awake from its slumber and gearing up for some future discoveries on its home, comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko.
And people are ecstatic.
Philae’s first words after it’s long nap have already been retweeted over 30,000 times! Here’s what the lander had to say:
Since the news broke, #Philae and #WakeUpPhilae have trended on Twitter. This kind of social media love for Philae is reminiscent of when the lander generated more Twitter attention when it first landed on the comet on November 12, 2014 than Kim Kardashian’s nude photos, which were released the same day.
Twitter is already abuzz with the news, generating inspirational, hysterical, and just adorable comments:
One does not simply become all badass like #Philae and come back from the forever nap
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