Amateur Astronomer Finds Long-Lost Satellite

It took an amateur to find what highly trained pros could not find after 13 years of looking.  This amateur astronomer found a long-lost US Satellite that had disappeared in 2005.

Long-Lost NASA Satellite May Have Been Found by Amateur Astronomer

An amateur astronomer appears to have made contact with a long-lost NASA satellite, the agency reported last Friday (Jan. 26).

The Imager for Magnetopause-to-Aurora Global Exploration (IMAGE) satellite was launched in March 2000, and exceeded its initial two-year mission by operating through 2005. However, NASA controllers lost contact with the satellite in December 2005, bringing the mission to an abrupt end.

Now, engineers from NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center will follow up on the signal detected by the amateur astronomer (who was not named in the statement). The engineers have reserved time on the agency’s Deep Space Network — which consists of a series of ground-based radio telescopes — in order to “focus on the source and determine whether the signal is indeed IMAGE,” according to the statement.
EDITOR’S NOTE:  The article does not list the name of the amateur astronomer.

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