The comet-chasing spacecraft, Rosetta, has woken from nearly three years of hibernation to complete its deep space mission that scientists hope will help unlock some secrets of the solar system.
"Hello, world!" the European Space Agency said on Twitter on Monday, mimicking the signal sent back from deep space by the billion-dollar unmanned craft.
The agency described Rosetta as a "sleeping beauty" that had emerged from a long sleep.
"It was a fairy-tale ending to a tense chapter," it said.
Rosetta was launched by the European Space Agency in 2004 and is due to rendezvous with comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko later this year and land a probe on it, in an unprecedented manoeuvre.
The comet, a roughly three by five kilometre-large rock, was discovered in 1969.
Scientists hope data gathered will provide clues about what the world looked like when the solar system was born.