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Communication with the ISEE-3 satellite was successfully re-established with the goal of commanding the satellite to change its trajectory with the goal of putting it into a libration point orbit that would allow it to resume its original mission goals of collecting data for solar physics research.

As we put out in our project very brief note on Friday, we have successfully contacted the bird! At the time of the contact we had Morehead State University Space Science Center's 21 meter dish, the 20 meter dish at Bochum Radio Observatory in Germany, and the SETI Allen Array all listening.

The ISEE-3 Reboot Project is pleased to announce that our team has established two-way communication with the ISEE-3 spacecraft and has begun commanding it to perform specific functions.

ISEE-3 Away Team Is at Arecibo

The ISEE-3 Away Team (Dennis Wingo, Austin Epps, and Balint Seeber) is on-site at Arecibo preparing for First Contact. Austin Epps sent this photo taken in the observatory's control room yesterday.

Dennis Wingo: Today's update regards the progress of the ISEE-3 Reboot Project team in our preparations to contact the spacecraft. We started this effort 32 days ago on on April 12, 2014. Below is what we have accomplished in that time - and the challenges that lie ahead.

Dennis Wingo: : The ISEE-3 Reboot project is an effort to contact, evaluate, command, and place back into  operation in an Earth orbit the International Sun-Earth Explorer #3 (ISEE-3) spacecraft.

Our plan is simple: we intend to contact the ISEE-3 (International Sun-Earth Explorer) spacecraft, command it to fire its engines and enter an orbit near Earth, and then resume its original mission - a mission it began in 1978.

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