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After Decades Of Silent Wandering, NASA Probe Phones Home

You might call it the ultimate long shot — a group of space enthusiasts trying to re-establish contact with a wayward satellite launched in 1978. Figuratively speaking, it's been off the radar for decades.<p>No more.<p>"The initial contact was a tone followed by specific commands," project organizer …

Citizens raise $159K to reawaken NASA spacecraft

Advertisement<p>4 Comments<p>Credit: NASA<p>In 1997, NASA ordered the shutdown of the International Sun/Earth Explorer Spacecraft 3. Known as the …

K2: Scientists cheer as Kepler's second chance gets NASA go-ahead

It’s official:<p>NASAhas given the Kepler spacecraft’s mission makeover the go-ahead, turning it from a pure planet-hunting endeavor to an exploratory venture to study a wide range of celestial objects.<p>The new mission, called K2, would repurpose the hobbled space telescope in a clever way: by using …

NASA preps real flying saucer for take-off

To test new tech for future Mars missions, NASA builds an experimental rocket-powered flight vehicle that looks like it could be a UFO.<p>The classic UFO is a flying saucer, an alien spacecraft that looks impossible, like it must be the product of advanced technology from a distant civilization. The …

Space Exploration

Nasa: Supersonic 'Flying Saucer' Test Flights Prepared for Mars Mission

Nasa is making the final preparations for a test flight for its supersonic flying saucer, that could help astronauts explore the surface of Mars.<p>The …

NASA Has a New Plan to Save Its Zombie Spaceship

NASA has a plan to save a satel­lite long giv­en up for dead: Let the private sec­tor take care of it.<p>The agency’s ground­break­ing ISEE-3 satel­lite …

Minecraft in space: why Nasa is embracing Kerbal Space Program

A new generation of authentic simulations is inspiring a generation of interstellar explorers<p>In the cold vacuum of space, miles above the planet surface, I am guiding my tiny space ship toward the airlock of another vessel. To dock, our orbits have to align precisely, but the variables are …

NASA tasks citizen scientists with waking up its 1978 satellite

Despite capturing the hearts and minds of geeks everywhere (as well as endorsements from astrophysicist and national treasure Neil deGrasse Tyson), NASA is poor.<p>That means it doesn’t have the cash to take on really cool and worthwhile projects like reclaiming an old satellite that had been …