Putting a spacecraft back in the orbit it was intended, thirty-one years later.


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Putting a spacecraft back in the orbit it was intended, thirty-one years later.

The spacecraft, ISEE-3, was intended to study the solar wind and the connection between the Sun and the Earth. In 1986 it was diverted instead to take a look at Halley’s Comet. Now there is an opportunity to return it to its original task, assuming engineers can wake it up after three decades.

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2 comments

  • Pzatchok

    The last all analog space probe out there.

    Bet it fires right up.

  • Patrick Ritchie

    One of the coolest stories I’ve heard in a while, would be great if they succeed in redirecting it to a new mission after all these years.

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