SETI bioastro: Humanity's first interstellar probe still calling home

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From: Larry Klaes (larry.klaes@incent.com)
Date: Tue May 01 2001 - 07:14:47 PDT


PIONEER 10 MAKES CONTACT
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After hearing nothing but static for 9 months, NASA has made
contact with the Pioneer 10 space probe again. The spacecraft
hadn't been heard from since August 19, 2000, which led scientists
to believe its transmitter was working, or it had even gone
completely dead. But, 11 billion kilometres away from the Earth,
and 29 years old, it seems the faithful spacecraft is still able to
transmit information to NASA - just to send a message and hear the
reply takes 22 hours.

Pioneer 10 was the first spacecraft to photograph Jupiter up close,
and became the first man-made object to leave our Solar System.

Original Source:
http://spaceprojects.arc.nasa.gov/Space_Projects/pioneer/PNhome.html

Internet Coverage:
http://news.bbc.co.uk/hi/english/sci/tech/newsid_1305000/1305068.stm
http://www.space.com/missionlaunches/missions/pioneer10_wg_010430.html
http://spaceflightnow.com/news/n0104/30pioneer10/

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