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Rescued space probe fires its thrusters for the first time in almost 20 years

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Jul
2014

The resurrected ISEE-3 space probe fired its thrusters for the first time in almost 20 years this weekend. The probe was launched by NASA in 1978 to measure solar winds, but decommissioned in 1997 as the craft drifted farther and farther from Earth. This weekend, the team took a huge first step in bringing the craft back in line, successfully firing the ISEE-3s thrusters and spinning the craft into a new orientation that will make it easier to communicate with.

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