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Mechanical 'hiccups' complicate satellite reboot mission
Mechanical 'hiccups' complicate satellite reboot mission

Is NASA's forsaken ISEE-3 satellite finally headed home? On Tuesday a private team of engineers initiated a series of propulsive bursts intended to return the aging spacecraft to Earth orbit. However, several mechanical "hiccups" occurred that prevented the spacecraft from completing the maneuver and raised questions about the condition of the spacecraft's fuel system. The team will attempt to refire the spacecraft's thrusters on Wednesday. "The good news is the propulsion system works -- when it wants to," said Keith Cowing, a former NASA astrobiologist and a spokesman for the ISEE-3 Reboot Project. The half-ton, drum-shaped satellite, which was...

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