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NASA Partners With Los Gatos Company To Awaken ‘Zombie’ Space Explorer Launched In 1978
CBS San Francisco ^ | May 23, 2014

Posted on 05/25/2014 4:04:10 PM PDT by nickcarraway

NASA, in a first-of-a kind agreement, has signed with Los Gatos-based Skycorp to allow the group to attempt to contact and possibly command NASA’s International Sun-Earth Explorer-3 which has been dubbed the ‘Zombie Spaceship’ by media outlets because it hasn’t been operational for nearly two decades.

Elizabeth Howell, senior writer for Universe Today, said the group of scientists will try and re-connect the 36-year-old spacecraft explorer, aka, ISEE-3, which was launched in 1978.

The craft conducted various missions, having chased after two comets (including Haley’s in the 1980s) as well as checking out the sun’s solar activity. But since 1997, it’s been floating in space and has remained dormant.

Don’t count ISEE-3 out as space junk quite yet. NASA found that its transmitters are still working, leaving potential for future use. Howell explained that the craft will be passing by Earth at a close trajectory soon, leaving a window of opportunity for the scientists to maneuver the explorer in order to adjust its communications to Earth, which go in and out.

“If all goes well, they’re going to reposition it and decide what to do next with it. It could do a lot of things. It was looking at the solar wind, which is the stream of particles that goes out from the sun and interferes with the Earth’s atmosphere, causing Auroras. It’s a comprehensive spacecraft,” she said.

Skycorp has plenty of NASA expertise behind them. Howell said they’ll be working directly together on this mission and that NASA will provide technical information, but not any funding.

This marks the very first time NASA has worked with an outside group, making it both “exciting” and “scary” Howell explained. Skycorp’s official agreement with NASA was made official earlier this week.


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1 posted on 05/25/2014 4:04:10 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway
Bet they are glad they kept the engineering drawings....

/johnny

2 posted on 05/25/2014 4:06:24 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: nickcarraway
Why does this sound like the opening scene from a Star Trek Movie?
3 posted on 05/25/2014 4:07:29 PM PDT by SandRat (Duty - Honor - Country! What else needs said?)
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To: nickcarraway

This kind of stuff is NASA at it’s best and is the kind of NASA “out reach program” we all can approve of


4 posted on 05/25/2014 4:07:51 PM PDT by rdcbn
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To: nickcarraway

I bet they could get funding from Apple if they re-name it iSee-3


5 posted on 05/25/2014 4:08:34 PM PDT by null and void (When was the last time you heard anyone say: "It's a free country"?)
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To: nickcarraway

Ghost ship.


6 posted on 05/25/2014 4:27:12 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: nickcarraway

Ridiculous. This has nothing to do with the top priority of NASA. There is nothing in this mission that would make Muslims feel good about themselves...


7 posted on 05/25/2014 4:28:36 PM PDT by Organic Panic
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8 posted on 05/25/2014 4:29:39 PM PDT by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: driftdiver

Good movie.. “NASA doesn’t want to be the first space agency to launch four dead bodies into space!”....LOL!


9 posted on 05/25/2014 4:54:18 PM PDT by NCDave (AKA, "That idiot over there")
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To: nickcarraway

I wonder if that runs on a microprocessor. I’ll rummage around for my old 8080 and 4040 stuff and maybe knock on their doors to see if they have enough old farts sitting at teletypes yet.


10 posted on 05/25/2014 11:02:14 PM PDT by jiggyboy
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