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NASA´s Zombie Spacecraft
Learns to Fire Its Engines

Atlantic, by Robinson Meyer

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Posted By:Pluperfect, 7/8/2014 10:52:00 AM

The quest to save the ISEE-3—a long-lost NASA probe launched in the disco era and abandoned in the dot-com boom—might just succeed. Late last week, the amateur scientists and engineers working to salvage the probe hit a major milestone: They coaxed the craft into firing its rotational thrusters. The achievement is important for many reasons. While the amateur team trying to reboot the ISEE-3 has been in radio contact with the probe for more than a month, this is the first time it has successfully commanded moving parts onboard. It’s important for technical reasons. The ISEE-3 is “spin-stabilized,” meaning it

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Coy860, 7/8/2014 11:59:15 AM     (No. 9915225)

The USA is now a failure in space with NASA.
WE came up with the plan to build the space station, then accepted $$$ from Russia to share costs. NOW our astonauts have to hitch hike to the space station, because ALL our Space Shuttles are historic relics, and there were no plans to replace them.
According to Eric the red Holder, NASA is now a muslim outreach program. Isn´t that special? s/

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Reply 2 - Posted by: Scribelus, 7/8/2014 12:10:40 PM     (No. 9915238)

"Zombie Spacecraft" is the perfect metaphor for Obama´s NASA. Now, constructing the Climate Change Collective is the entire national effort in what impersonates science.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: oh-heck, 7/8/2014 2:32:52 PM     (No. 9915485)

If these guys can teach an abandoned probe how to generate useful information, maybe in the space time they can teach Barack Obama how to be President.

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