Crowdfunding Campaign Wants To Reboot A Lost Spacecraft From 1978
Scientists race against time to harness a drifting satellite as it passes by the Earth.
ISEE-3 is a satellite that was launched in 1978 to monitor solar wind, and was left to drift in space by NASA after being repurposed to chase comets. Decades later, a group of private citizens have started the ISEE-3 Reboot Project, which has raised more than $150,000 to try and put the satellite back to work at its original task. Even though NASA doesn’t have any money in the budget to help, they have officially endorsed the group, which will try and make contact next month.
“NASA does feel that the data that ISEE-3 could generate would have real value and that a crowdfunded effort such as ours has real value as an education and public outreach activity,” the group mentions on their website.