Launched atop a Black Arrow Rocket on the 28th of October 1971, the Prospero satellite was the first and last ever to be launched atop a British developed rocket. In spite of funding being cut, the scientists who had worked on the satellite and rocket decided to launch it anyway, and it is still up in space drifting around today. Scientists used the satellite to conduct experiments until 1973 and maintained some form of contact with the device until 1996. After the discovery of design documents in an attic in Farnborough, scientists hope to reconnect with the satellite, freshly-armed with codes and the technical know-how to do so (keep in mind the satellite’s technology was the hottest British technology of the 1970s and you quickly see why this is a labor of love/ a miracle of science). If successful, the BBC reports that Roger Duthie from University College London’s Mullard Space Science Laboratory hopes to become the world’s first astro-archaeologists.

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