Space is big and easy to get lost in. When we lose contact with spacecraft, scientists have some complicated methods to find them again.
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NASA just found a spacecraft that’s been lost for two years
“NASA is reporting that one of the Solar Terrestrial Relations Observatories, known as the STEREO-B spacecraft, has made contact after two years of silence. Along with its sister STEREO-A, the prodigal probe is tasked with observing the sun.”
Russian Cargo Spacecraft May Be Lost in Space
“Russia’s space agency, Roscosmos, launched a new cargo ship to the International Space Station today (Dec. 1), but the fate of the robotic supply ship is unclear after issues cropped up during its trip into space.”
Zond 3: First to See Moon’s Far Side on the Way to Mars
“The last communications from Zond 3 came on Sept. 16, 1966 when the spacecraft was just over 95 million miles away from the Earth. The mission never made it to Mars – as it missed a critical launch window – but Zond 3 was an important spacecraft test with the mission highlight of imaging the lunar far side.”
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