Sunday, June 22, 2014

Icy Orbitals

A nifty animation showing the journey of the ISEE-3 probe's orbital journey from 1978-1983. The repurposed probe (it was the USA's first cometary explorer after it was found how it could be redirected) is on the way back and is currently under the control of a crowd-funded group of "space pirates".

Addendum: This old teaching aid is interesting from two perspectives. From a personal perspective, Stephen P. Maran is an uncle of mine. From a historical perspective, read the final article.

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