"This is just the beginning of a long dance," Cowing said. "We're approaching 1,900 donors, and they take this personally. Whether they've given us $5, $10, $1,500, they have an investment in us and they feel they've help make something cool happen, and we want to take everyone along for the ride. We want people to be able to use it."
"A hardy little spacecraft is about to come home after an incredibly long journey and an unexpected mission it had not been built for. As it flies by Earth next month, scientists will have a brief window to attempt to communicate with the vintage NASA craft and put it back to work on its original mission."
"We have a chance to engage a new generation of citizen scientists through this creative effort to recapture the ISEE-3 spacecraft as it zips by the Earth this summer," said John Grunsfeld, Nasa's associate administrator for science."
"For the first time ever Nasa has signed an agreement allowing a group of citizen scientists to contact, and hopefully take control of, a wandering spacecraft abandoned in 1997."
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"But it seems someone forgot to flip the switch. Surprisingly, in 2008, the international Deep Space Network made contact with ISEE-3 and showed that it was still able to operate. NASA was interested in reusing it but couldn't spare the funds."
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"The California company lobbied NASA to let it take a crack at talking to ISEE-3. On Wednesday, NASA announced it will give Skycorp a chance. The agency announced it "has shared technical data with these citizen scientists to help them communicate with and return data from ISEE-3."
"A more than 35-year-old spacecraft that NASA once thought might be returned from space and put into the Smithsonian may instead soon resume its original mission thanks to the efforts of a private group."
"It's a credit to crowdsourcers that the project has got this far - almost 2,000 donors have kicked in funds to the project and without it, ISEE-3 would have been lost for at least another 40 years. With any luck, and a little more cash, one of mankind's most famous spacecraft could be coming back to duty."
"Crowding in space is a growing concern, as some scientists worry about a cascading chain reaction of impacts that could wipe out a large portion of our orbiting technology. That said, efforts like this one could make such a disaster far less likely, as they redirect old satellites to do new jobs without adding any extra projectiles in the sky. There are just 2 days left to support this project, so if you want to help them gather that last $15,000 or so, make sure to head over soon."
"In August, the satellite's graveyard orbit around the sun will bring it back by Earth, a feat of physics that caught the eye of an ad hoc group of citizen scientists. Last month, the team launched a successful crowd-funding project to raise $125,000 to reboot the probe."
Спутник ISEE-3, запущенный в космос в 1978 году для изучения постоянного потока солнечного ветра, направляющегося к Земле, успешно завершил свою основную миссию в 1981. Так как все приборы аппарата на тот момент работали исправно, и наличие топлива позволяло продолжить работу, аппарат стал наблюдать за двумя кометами, а по окончании этой миссии остался на орбите вокруг Солнца. В этом году он приблизится к Земле на максимально близкое расстояние - впервые более чем за 30 лет.