A satellite lost in space since 1967 has eerily come back to life and started transmitting again for the first time in 50 years. Amateur astronomers first suspected they’d found the LES1 satellite in 2013, but needed
three years to confirm it had really started working again.
It was built in MIT in 1965.
The news has rocked the astronomic community and space experts are baffled how and why the outdated satellite has come back online again.
Brit Phil Williams, an Amateur Radio Astronomer from Cornwall, was the first to retrieve a signal from LES1, built by MIT in 1965.
LES1 was launched from Cape Canaveral on February 11, 1965, but only a few of the mission’s objectives were accomplished. Circuitry miswiring caused the satellite to cease transmitting in 1967. LES2, the twin of LES1, did much better; that satellite’s final orbit occurred on May 6, 1965.
This is not the first time a NASA solar probe was lost and found again. In 1998, the Solar and Heliospheric Observatory lost contact with NASA for 22 months before suddenly reappearing.
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Source: The Sun