First Contact! Communication Established With NASA's Drifting ISEE-3

May 30, 2014 4:40 PM

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First Contact! Communication Established With NASA's Drifting ISEE-3

A private group of space science enthusiasts announced yesterday that they have successfully made contact with an old NASA spacecraft that has been drifting in space since the early 1980s.

The craft, known as the International Sun-Earth Explorer-3 (ISEE-3), completed its primary mission to study solar wind flow in 1981. Afterwards, the craft was sent to expend the rest of its fuel and resources studying two comets before it was expected to drift out of contact range with Earth.

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