Civilians in an Abandoned McDonald’s Gain Control of Wandering NASA Satellite

Civilians in an Abandoned McDonald’s Gain Control of Wandering NASA Satellite

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For the first time in history, an independent crew is controlling a NASA satellite and running a crowd-funded mission in space. They’re doing it all from a makeshift mission control center in an abandoned McDonald’s in Mountain View, California, using old radio parts from eBay and a salvaged flat screen TV.

Citizen scientists have, with NASA’s blessing, taken control of a de-commissioned 70s-era satellite and plan to collect data from real-time solar winds and make it freely available to everyone.

Google has also been helping the team to build a website — spacecraftforall.com — that will offer up the data to the world.

(READ the story from BetaBeat.com)

Story Tip from Jeffery Scharn – Images by Google

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