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Scientists have identified a massive eruption from the sun in April that reached all the way to Earth and may be responsible for knocking out a satellite, creating a so-called "zombie satellite."
The huge explosion of plasma and magnetic energy, called as a coronal mass ejection (CME), occurred on April 3 and was observed by NASA's sun-watching STEREO spacecraft, according to the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL). The laboratory released new images of the solar storm last week.
The solar storm appears to have disabled the Intelsat communications satellite Galaxy 15, NRL officials said. Galaxy 15 lost contact with its ground controllers on April 5 and has been drifting around Earth ever since.
Wed Jul 14, 11:58 AM
by Zoe Macintosh
SPACE.com Staff Writer
Wed Jul 14, 8:15 am ET
What's confounding scientists is that even though the satellite is toast, it continues to operate at full power, but with nobody telling it what to do.
Originally posted by mattias
If I had a nickel for every time I heard a thread start with "and so it begins.." geez how many times can "it" begin!?