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SOCIAL: An Amateur Astronomer Just Detected a NASA Satellite That's Been Lost in Space Since 2005

Summary: NASA confirmed a satellite signal found by amateur astronomer Scott Tilley to be that of IMAGE, a machine missing twelve years in space.

Ever wonder what it would be like to float in orbit for years with not a peep from planet Earth? NASA’s IMAGE satellite doesn’t need to imagine: it spent the past twelve years lost in outer space.

But in a happy accident, hobbyist astronomer Scott Tilley recently detected a signal from the satellite, which was left for dead in December 2005. On January 30, NASA confirmed that a signal Tilley had picked up buried within Earth’s magnetosphere matched that of the long-lost machine.

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