BBC World Service: "Civilians to Take Control of Space Probe"

Have you ever forgotten to turn the lights off? I'm sure we all have! But have you ever forgotten to turn a spacecraft off? I'm guessing the answer's no... well that's exactly what happened in 1997 when a spacecraft, in orbit around the sun, was ordered to be shut down and someone forgot to flip the switch. Imagine their surprise when almost 10 years later it reappeared. NASA were keen to reuse it to gather data but didn't have the funding. Now private space flight enthusiasts have raised the money to get it fired up again. Dennis Wingo is the CEO of Skycorp Incorporated and he's at the Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico.

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