08.12.2014 - 20:09 [ ABC ]

NASA’s New Horizons Probe Wakes Up for Pluto Encounter

After a journey stretching 3 billion miles, NASA’s New Horizons probe has awakened from hibernation just in time to prepare for a cosmic rendezvous with Pluto.

The spacecraft came out of hibernation on Saturday after being prompted by a computer command that was pre-programmed in August. About 90 minutes after New Horizons woke up, it began transmitting back to Earth.