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Speaking of Hams, a call for Hams and Hackers to communicate with ISEE-3
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Posted by Krux on Saturday March 1, 2014 @ 12:56am
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http://hackaday.com/2014/02/14/call-for-hams-and-hackers-welcome-iceisee-3-home/

ISEE-3, one of America's most dedicated space exploration vessels is on its way home. Unfortunately, when it gets here, no one will be talking to it. NASA decommissioned the equipment needed to communicate with the satellite nearly 15 years ago. [Emily Lakdawalla] at the planetary society has been following the long traveled probe for years. Her recent article on the topic includes the news that NASA essentially gave up the battle before it even started.

In 1999, NASA contacted the probe to verify it was still functioning. All systems were determined to be operating fine. On September 18, 2008, NASA attempted to receive the probe's carrier signal. To the space agency's surprise, they found that the probe was never shut down after the 1999 status check. It was still transmitting data, and amazingly, 12 of its 13 science instruments were still operational.

This brings us to 2014. ICE/ISEE-3 is on its way home. It will return for a close Earth pass in August. NASA has determined that the equipment needed to contact ICE/ISEE-3 was decommissioned from the Deep Space Network (DSN) in 1999. Due to budget limitations, rebuilding the equipment is not possible. If NASA won't reach out to ICE/ISEE-3, perhaps Makers, Hackers, and Ham radio operators could. ICE/ISEE-3 includes two 5 watt S-Band transponders. Receiving the signal may not be a major problem. Transmitting however, will be. Without the gain of the large DSN dishes, contact will be difficult.


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Posted by Krux on Monday March 3, 2014 @ 04:43am
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Oh and XKCD did a comic... awesome

http://xkcd.com/1337/

HACK THE STARS

Love your country, but never trust its government.
-- Robert A. Heinlein.


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Posted by MadArab on Friday March 7, 2014 @ 05:41am
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Fucking awesome! hahaha


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Posted by rub on Thursday March 6, 2014 @ 05:00pm
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this comic had me until the last few panels whereby i almost put my fist through my monitor


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Posted by voltaic on Wednesday March 19, 2014 @ 08:13am
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this comic had me until the last few panels whereby i almost put my fist through my monitor

Right there with you, man.

"some tattoo artist ruined a perfectly good white girl." - krux


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Posted by unicron on Sunday March 9, 2014 @ 08:56am
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this comic had me until the last few panels whereby i almost put my fist through my monitor

Sigh, I'm going to slap the shit out of you, Joey.

-unicron


He will do one of two things
He will admit to everything
Or he'll say he's just not the same
And you'll begin to wonder why you came


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Posted by Krux on Thursday March 6, 2014 @ 06:51pm
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this comic had me until the last few panels whereby i almost put my fist through my monitor

Because it pains you that you can never be that 1337 of a hacker? Don't get yourself down man. If you work at it, maybe you too can some day be too hacker for your hacker pants.

"You'll never get dressed as quick as when you wake up next to a naked dead chick." -- rb


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Posted by Caliber on Thursday March 6, 2014 @ 03:02pm
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you know there is some fucker...


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