Civilians in Abandoned McDonald’s Seize Control of Wandering Space Satellite

This sounds so much like a crazy science fiction movie that I have no doubt it will soon become one, even though it’s true. Except all the main characters will suddenly become attractive teenagers.


The McMoon team outside of mission control. (Photo via Google) The McMoon’s team outside of mission control. (Photo via Google)

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

“If I could come up with another absurd detail, I would,” Keith Cowing, the project’s team lead, told Betabeat.

The ISEE-3 is a disco-era satellite that used to measure space weather like solar wind and radiation, but went out of commission decades ago. Now, a small team led by Mr. Cowing have taken control of the satellite with NASA’s silent blessing.

Mr. Cowing is a former NASA employee, and now runs a handful of space news sites, like NASA Watch and SpaceRef. Sitting out in the desert one night after a…

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2 replies

  1. yes all attractive teens with on grandfatherly science teacher who used to work at NASA and now teaches at the high school

    maybe to add a bit more the satellite will find aliens or save the world from something


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