After Decades Of Silent Wandering, NASA Probe Phones Home

May 30, 2014 12:53 AM

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hide captionWhatever name it sailed under — International Sun-Earth Explorer 3, and International Cometary Explorer, among others —- this spacecraft has scored a number of firsts over the years, including the first comet flyby.

You might call it the ultimate long shot — a group of space enthusiasts trying to reestablish contact with a wayward satellite launched in 1978. Figuratively speaking, it's been off the radar for decades.

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