12 years ago, NASA lost one of its prized possessions; a satellite called IMAGE. The satellite abruptly stopped responding to NASA scientists back in 2005 however, after 12 years it has been found.
In January, an amateur astronomer came across signals from the IMAGE satellite while searching for traces of a secretive Zuma mission that was launched by the ever-famous SpaceX. Scott Tilley, who is based in Canada, took that signal and matched it to a NASA spacecraft, what he thinks is the IMAGE Satellite. Tilley quickly blogged and tweeted about his findings before reaching out to the investigator who was responsible for the satellite’s mission, according to Tilley’s blog.
Soon after the theory was researched, NASA set out to truly discover if it was in fact its long lost satellite. Using their Deep Space Network, a constellation of radio telescopes that they use in order to communicate with satellites, they were able to adequately identify the IMAGE satellite.
— NASA Sun & Space (@NASASun) January 31, 2018