The ISEE-3 Reboot project has brought together a group of civilians and engineers from NASA with the joint goal of rebooting the original 1978 mission of the explorer.
The spacecraft was launched on August 12, 1978 as one of three designed to study Earth's magnetic field and the solar wind. It was the first spacecraft to visit a comet, passing within 7,800 km of the nucleus of Comet Giacobini-Zinner.
Over 25 years ago, the spacecraft fulfilled its mission and was abandoned. With help from engineers and programmers (like University of Arizona engineering student Jacob Gold, above) the team is working to bring it back from the dead.
On May 29, 2014, the ISEE-3 Reboot Project established two-way communication with the spacecraft and is commanding specific functions. The team will now begin to check out the general state of the craft.
This newspaper article celebrates the successes of the program back in 1986. If you're curious, flight director Robert Farquhar is still here (and working onthe reboot project.)