The Little Spacecraft That Couldn't


An audacious quest to reconnect with a vintage NASA spacecraft has suffered a serious setback and is now pretty much over.

But there are no guarantees when you try to recapture the past.

Whatever name it sailed under — International Sun-Earth Explorer 3, and International Cometary Explorer, among others — this spacecraft has scored a number of firsts over the years, including the first comet flyby.

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