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Former Astronauts Reboot NASA ISEE-3 Probe For Original Mission
2014-07-07 12:46:09

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online After a 27-year slumber, NASA’s International Sun-Earth Explorer 3 (ISEE-3) spacecraft has reawakened – firing its thrusters on July 2 in preparation for a major course change. As part of the ISEE-3 Reboot Project being run by former NASA astronauts, the firing of the rockets caused the craft to increase its rotation rate from 19.16 revolutions per minute (rpm) to 19.76 rpm. “All in all, a very good day,” wrote project...

ISEE-3 Comes Back To Visit Earth
2014-04-15 16:21:25

NASA It launched in 1978. It was the first satellite to study the constant flow of solar wind streaming toward Earth from a stable orbit point between our planet and the sun known as the Lagrangian 1, or L1. Monitoring that wind helped scientists better understand the interconnected sun-Earth system, which at its most turbulent can affect satellites around Earth. In 1984, it was given a new mission and called the International Cometary Explorer. In September 1985, it passed directly...

Draconid Meteor Shower Tomorrow
2013-10-07 14:44:26

[ Watch the Video: Catch The Draconid Meteor Shower Tonight ] Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Astronomers are hoping for a good show Tuesday night in the form of the Draconid meteor shower. Because the shower is expected to start just after dusk, experts say the annual show is an ideal one for the casual astronomer. The shooting stars are a byproduct of the Giacobini-Zinner comet, which orbits the sun every 6.6 years. With each pass, the comet leaves behind a thin...

Image 1 - Get Ready For A Draconid Meteor Outburst
2011-10-05 03:59:20

On October 8th Earth is going to plow through a stream of dust from Comet 21P/Giacobini-Zinner, and the result could be an outburst of Draconid meteors. "We're predicting as many as 750 meteors per hour," says Bill Cooke of NASA's Meteoroid Environment Office. "The timing of the shower favors observers in the Middle East, north Africa and parts of Europe." Every 6.6 years Comet Giacobini-Zinner swings through the inner solar system. With each visit, it lays down a narrow filament of...

2010-09-20 17:35:00

TEMPE, Ariz., Sept. 20 /PRNewswire/ -- KinetX, Inc., a Tempe, Arizona firm providing innovative engineering, software and hardware solutions to a wide variety of industries, hosted a conference celebrating the 25th anniversary of the first comet encounter by a robotic spacecraft. That first encounter happened on September 11, 1985 when the ISEE-3/ICE spacecraft's ongoing mission at a Sun-Earth libration was interrupted to target it to intercept the path of the comet Giacobini-Zinner. This...


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