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Europe's trailblazing spacecraft Rosetta has resumed its exploration of a comet hurtling through the Solar System after a "dramatic weekend" in which contact with Earth was lost for nearly 24 hours, mission control said Thursday.In orbit around comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, Rosetta is now some 428 million kilometers from Earth and 468 million kilometers from the Sun – somewhere between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter – travelling at a speed of 17.65 kilometers per second.Contact was re-established by Monday and the spacecraft's location pinpointed, which allowed flight maneuvers to be performed to move it away from the comet, into a 30 kilometers orbit.Rosetta, with Philae riding piggyback, arrived at 67P in August 2014, after a 10-year, 6.5-billion kilometer journey from Earth.
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