ISee-3 Hears the Amateurs’ Call

The ISee-3 Reboot Project successfully contacted the spaceprobe Nasa abandoned almost 30 years ago. The project team used the Arecibo Observatory's giant dish to pick up the probe's faint signal. Right now they are receiving engineering telemetry. Soon the all-volunteer team will try to restore the International Sun-Earth Explorer to full operation, alter its course, and resume its original mission to study the Sun.  

Nasa repurposed the International Sun-Earth Explorer to study a comet, but that left it in a scientifically useless orbit. Now the ISee-3 Reboot Project may bring the mission back to life. (Source: Nasa/GSFC)

Nasa repurposed the International Sun-Earth Explorer to study a comet, but that left it in a scientifically useless orbit. Now the ISee-3 Reboot Project may bring the mission back to life. (Source: Nasa/GSFC)

The all-volunteer effort got a big boost from the public thanks to a $160,000 Rockethub crowdfunding project. The volunteers who restored the Bochum Observatory (read our article about restored observatories) also helped track the signal.

(Via NBCNews)