NASA Is Planning on Contacting Lost Satellite
Earlier on yesterday, NASA revealed that the space agency is currently planning on contacting a lost satellite from more than a decade earlier after it was spotted by an amateur astronomer earlier this month.
In case you are wondering, the satellite is known as Imager for Magnetopause-to-Aurora Global Exploration (IMAGE) and was launched back in March, 2000. While the space agency launched the satellite to image Earth’s magnetosphere, NASA lost contact with the satellite later on December 2005. At that time, NASA said that an induced trip might have caused the failure.
However, earlier this month, an amateur astronomer picked up a signal from the satellite. At the moment, NASA is investigating if the signal is indeed coming from the lost satellite. The space agency revealed on Twitter, “We are attempting to contact the IMAGE satellite via the Deep Space Network after an amateur astronomer reported making contact in mid-January.”
“This process must take into consideration the vintage nature of the spacecraft, and includes locating appropriate software and commands to potentially operate the mission.”