Skip to comments.NASA Partners With Los Gatos Company To Awaken ‘Zombie’ Space Explorer Launched In 1978
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 NASAs International Sun-Earth Explorer-3 which has been dubbed the Zombie Spaceship by media outlets because it hasnt 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 Haleys in the 1980s) as well as checking out the suns solar activity. But since 1997, its been floating in space and has remained dormant.
Dont 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, theyre 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 Earths atmosphere, causing Auroras. Its a comprehensive spacecraft, she said.
Skycorp has plenty of NASA expertise behind them. Howell said theyll 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. Skycorps official agreement with NASA was made official earlier this week.
This kind of stuff is NASA at it’s best and is the kind of NASA “out reach program” we all can approve of
I bet they could get funding from Apple if they re-name it iSee-3
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...
Good movie.. “NASA doesn’t want to be the first space agency to launch four dead bodies into space!”....LOL!
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.