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Space & Planetary Science

Some Old Spacecraft Never Die

By Keith Cowing
NASA Watch
September 18, 2008

NASA’s ISEE-3/ICE Spacecraft Is Still Operating After 30 Years in Space

Editor’s note: I just got this note from Robert Farquhar: “At 2049 UTC on September 18, 2008, DSS-14 locked onto the carrier signal of the ISEE-3/ICE spacecraft. The remainder of the 3-hour track was then used to gather Doppler data for future use…

… Old spacecraft never die, and so far the former Flight Director has not expired either. Let’s return ISEE-3/ICE to the halo orbit, and go on to another comet!”

NASA Watch founder, Explorers Club Fellow, ex-NASA, Away Teams, Journalist, Space & Astrobiology, Lapsed climber.