90 Miles From Tyranny : NASA's Lost Satellite Just Made Its First Contact With Earth in 17 Years

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Friday, May 30, 2014

NASA's Lost Satellite Just Made Its First Contact With Earth in 17 Years

It's official: ISEE-3, the 36-year-old satellite that NASA left for dead over a decade ago, is back in touch with humankind. This afternoon, a group of citizen scientists who raised almost $160,000 to fund the process of taking control of ISEE-3 announced that two-way contact has been established with the little satellite that could. So what's next?

"Over the coming days and weeks our team will make an assessment of the spacecraft's overall health and refine the techniques required to fire its engines and bring it back to an orbit near Earth," explained the Reboot team in a triumphant comment released today. Contact was made at Arecibo Radio Observatory in Puerto Rico, where scientists collaborated with a worldwide network of like-minded space fans to fund and engineer the project.

Now comes the fun part: Getting ISEE-3 back to the business of studying space. We'll have more updates as they come.

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1 comment:

Doom said...

Gotta wonder if it has been actively recording all that time. Might be a data gold mine if so. Depends, I suppose, upon the last instructions sent. If it is working now, then it never failed. Interference of some sort. Lots of stuff out there does that. Interesting. I just hope there is some oversight. Over-zealous returns can be... problematic. Near orbit? But I wanted it to land, and in L.A.!