Silent for 13 Years, a NASA Spacecraft Makes Communication

The IMAGE spacecraft, an acronym of Imager for Magnetopause-to-Aurora Global Exploration, launched back in March 2000 to observe activity in the Earth’s magnetosphere. It ceased communication with NASA in December 2005. Entirely unexpected and sudden, after years of successful data-gathering, the disappearance was considered quite mysterious. IMAGE was believed to be damaged beyond repair and the mission ended. That is until amateur astronomer Scott Tilley picked up its signal very recently—which Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab has confirmed to be true. Now, with the original NASA team informed, dialogue has begun regarding if and how many resources should be dedicated to figuring out what happened and what data it may have within. Read more at The Atlantic.