ISEE-3 Team Fires Up Engines on 36-Year-Old NASA Probe

July 7, 2014 9:41 AM

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ISEE-3 Team Fires Up Engines on 36-Year-Old NASA Probe

An old NASA spacecraft under the control of a private team fired its thrusters on Thursday for the first time in a generation.

NASA's International Sun-Earth Explorer 3 probe, or ISEE-3, which the agency retired in 1997, performed the maneuver in preparation for a larger trajectory correction next week. The spacecraft hadn't fired its engines since 1987, ISEE-3 Reboot Project team members said.

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