Rosetta, the First Spacecraft to Land on a Comet, Wakes Up

Rosetta (Artist's Rendering)Rosetta, the first spacecraft built to orbit a comet and land a probe on these icy nomads, is now waking up after more than two years of slumber, and videos filmed as part of an international competition will help greet the spacecraft after it awakens. Comets are some of the most primitive building blocks of the solar system, with many dating to soon after its formation. Comets also likely helped seed Earth with water and other ingredients of life. By analyzing the composition of the comet, the European Space Agency's Rosetta spacecraft will help scientists learn more about the role comets have played in the evolution of the solar system and life on Earth. You can watch the Rosetta comet probe wake-up webcast live courtesy of the European Space Agency. Read the full story at NBC News.