Space hackers take control of NASA satellite

August 10, 2014 5:10 PM

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A vintage NASA spacecraft from 1970s, the International Sun-Earth Explorer 3 (ISEE-3)– a spaceship without a moor after NASA scuttled the project and abandoned satellite– drifted through space for almost 20 years before a team of citizen space hackers re-discovered it, crowdfunded the project, acquired the project rights form NASA and rebuilt communications support equipment from scratch.

The team tried to get the spacecraft to re-enter orbit with Earth so it could resume its old halo orbit in between the Earth and the Sun, gathering data on solar winds interacting with the magnetosphere. Unfortunately, the thrusters could not be fully activated to propel ISEE-3 back into orbit, most...

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