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A fridge-sized robot lab hurtling through the Solar System aboard a European probe is about to wake from hibernation and prepare for the first landing by a spacecraft on a comet.Dubbed Philae, the 100-kilogram lander carried by the Rosetta spacecraft is the scientific star in a mission that has already taken 10 years and a seven-billion-kilometer trek around the inner Solar System.In August, the satellite will be inserted into an orbit 25 kilometers above Comet "C-G," which travels at speeds up to 135,000 kilometers per hour, in order to start scanning the surface for a suitable landing site for Philae.The U.S. Stardust probe brought home dusty grains snatched from a comet's wake, while Europe's Giotto ventured to within 200 kilometers of a comet's surface.
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