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NASA scientists were working on Sunday to revive the New Horizons spacecraft after it suffered a computer malfunction just nine days before it was due to fly past Pluto.
originally posted by: Silcone Synapse
a reply to: eisegesis
Hmm,call me a sceptic,but the probe has travelled sucessfully all the 3 billion miles to Pluto and then suffers a "glitch" just as it gets near enough to get proper data and pics?
Sounds suspicious to me..
The Plutonians may not like our probe maybe.
Or NASA have shut it down when they filmed something they think we are not ready to see?
Good conspiracy fodder.
"During that time, the autonomous autopilot on board the spacecraft recognized a problem and — as it’s programmed to do in such a situation — switched from the main to the backup computer," New Horizons team members wrote in an update Saturday, stressing that the spacecraft is healthy.
"The autopilot placed the spacecraft in 'safe mode,' and commanded the backup computer to reinitiate communication with Earth," they added. "New Horizons then began to transmit telemetry to help engineers diagnose the problem."
...are currently investigating the issue and working to get New Horizons out of the protective safe mode and back up to speed. Mission officials said the recovery process could take several days...
"New Horizons will be temporarily unable to collect science data during that time..."