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NASA Approves Crowdfunded Spacecraft Revival

A spacecraft now known as ICE (formerly ISEE-3) launched in 1978 has been inspecting comets and solar wind on-and-off since launch until 1999 when it had supposedly been sent signals to shut down. In 2008 it was “rediscovered” and found still in an active state with most of its experiments in working condition and a suitable amount of maneuvering fuel still available. Sometime before April of this year a group not affiliated with NASA realized that ICE could potentially be sent off to follow another comet and return interesting data if they could communicate with it during a close approach to Earth in mid-2014.

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Fri, May 23, 2014