Amateur Astronomers ‘Reach Back In Time’ And Contact Lost NASA ISEE-3 Spacecraft

May 30, 2014 4:25 PM

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Amateur Astronomers ‘Reach Back In Time’ And Contact Lost NASA ISEE-3 Spacecraft

A group of amateur astronomers whose mission was to take control of a decades-old NASA spacecraft say their efforts to communicate with the defunct probe succeeded, scientists announced Thursday.

The crowd-funded operation, called the ISEE-3 Reboot Project (ISEE-3 stands for International Sun-Earth Explorer 3, a NASA space probe that was launched in 1978 to study solar winds,) was months in the making, and on Thursday, citizen scientists established contact with the 36-year-old spacecraft.

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