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Private Group Re-establishes Contact with Decades-Old NASA ISEE-3 Comet Probe

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The 35-year old spacecraft will be sent on a new comet flyby mission (Image: NASA)

For Gizmag writes: A 35-year old space probe has come back to life after a 16-year slumber thanks to the world’s largest single-aperture radio telescope. Using the Arecibo Radio Observatory in Puerto Rico, the ISEE-3 Reboot Project has re-established contact with the mothballed ISEE-3 space probe. The private organization took control of the unmanned ex-NASA spacecraft and is commanding it to execute functions as part of an assessment of its health before returning it to exploration service.

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Despite being launched by NASA on August 12, 1978 atop a Delta rocket from Cape Canaveral, Florida, the effort to recontact the ISEE-3 is not a NASA project. Instead, control of the space probe, which formally belongs to the Smithsonian, was given to the private ISEE-3 Reboot Project.

The Project is made out of the team behind the Lunar Orbiter Image Recovery Project (LOIRP), Space College, Skycorp and SpaceRef, and was funded in part by a crowdfunding campaign that wrapped up on May 18. The Project’s immediate goal is to regain control of the ISEE-3, fire its engine, and send it into a new orbit back to Earth…(read more)

Gizmag - Private group re-establishes contact with ISEE-3 comet probe.

Source: ISEE-3 ReBoot Project

 

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One Comment on “Private Group Re-establishes Contact with Decades-Old NASA ISEE-3 Comet Probe”

  1. […] Pundit from another Planet For Gizmag, David Szondy writes: A 35-year old space probe has come back to life after a 16-year […]


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