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Firm sends satellite to moon to get its gravity together

In order to bring a broken satellite back to Earth, its creators are sending it to the moon.

Satellite manufacturer Hughes Electronics Corp. said it would try to fix the orbit of an unusable satellite by sending it around the moon to use its gravity to shoot it back toward Earth.The mission, announced Wednesday, would be the first time a private company had sent a spacecraft to the moon, The New York Times and USA Today reported Thursday.

The satellite, originally called Asiasat 3, was launched in December from Kazakhstan to provide television and telephone service in Asia. But the Russian-built Proton launching rocket malfunctioned, leaving the satellite in an orbit too low and too tilted relative to the equator to be useful.