The Washington Post: NASA lost contact with a satellite 12 years ago. An amateur just found its signal.

NASA lost contact with a satellite 12 years ago. An amateur just found its signal.
http://wapo.st/2nqbJdE

NASA confirmed an incredible discovery Tuesday — that an amateur radio astronomer, on the hunt for a classified government satellite, stumbled upon signals from a spacecraft that had been thought lost 12 years earlier, raising hope that NASA can resurrect a mission that changed our understanding of the “invisible ocean” around the Earth.

How cool is this? I think I worked on PowerPoint presentations and sat in meetings on Tuesday. Peace & Love to my employer, coworkers, and customers but I would much rather have discovered a lost spacecraft.

“Too cool” is the correct answer to “how cool is this?”, by the way.

OpSec Fail Indeed

From motherboard.vice.com …

All the encryption in the world is not going to help if someone can read over your shoulder

https://motherboard.vice.com/en_us/article/8xvwmz/carles-puigdemont-catalan-independence-signal-messages-opsec-fail

Using a secure messaging app to communicate with your political allies is a great idea in this day and age, where government hackers actively try to break into the email accounts of high-profile politicians and staffers in order to plaster them online. But all the unbreakable encryption in the world isn’t going to save you if you read the supposedly secret messages in front of a camera.

Sometimes you can’t make this stuff up.