Lost in Space 50 Years Satellite Starts Transmitting Again

Not the actual satellite

Not the actual satellite

Could it have been an alien abduction, a black hole, inter-dimensional travel, or just a loose wire that somehow made a proper connection after decades of wandering out of communication across the universe.

Whatever it was, it was suddenly fixed and transmissions began again as though nothing had ever happened before.

Phil Williams, an English amateur radio astronomer based in Cornwall, was the first person to pick up the strange signals coming in as “ghostly sounds” in 2013. It turned out that the transmitted messages were coming from an abandoned LES1 satellite, but experts needed three more years to authenticate that this was indeed the American satellite that was “lost” in 1967.

LES1 was one of several units produced and launched into space by the Lincoln Laboratory at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), in between 1965 and 1967. These units, primarily designed for testing new satellite communication technology, were each labeled with numbers, running from LES1 to LES9.


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