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NASA Reestablishes Contact With Long-lost Spacecraft

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NASA has reestablished contact with a spacecraft that went missing almost two years ago.

Stereo-B disappeared on October 1, 2014 in space during a failed test of some of its functions. It was part of the $520 million Stereo mission.

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For the past 22 months, scientists have been on a futile attempt to communicate with it, until now.

At 6:27 pm on Sunday, NASA finally received a signal from Stereo-B. They used the agency’s deep space network, a communications network for missions throughout space, to track it down.

Stereo’s main goal is to provide unique, front-and-back images of the sun. Two spacecrafts, Stereo-A and Stereo-B were meant to work simultaneously.

The Stereo team is now trying to figure out if Stereo-B can continue with its mission after spending almost ten years in space.

Source: Nairobi Wire