Scientists reconnect with wayward NASA
spacecraft launched in 1978
Published May 30, 2014
A group of space enthusiasts have reportedly made contact with a wayward satellite launched nearly 40 years ago.
Keith Cowing, project organizer of the effort to reconnect with the International Sun-Earth Explorer-3, told NPR that the biggest challenge had been figuring out how to communicate with the aging 1978 satellite since space technology has changed so radically over time.
“The initial contact was a tone followed by specific commands, Cowing told NPR. “We learned a lot simply by being able to talk to it and get it to do things … May not sound like much but that was a huge unknown.”