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I wondered about that myself. My guess is that it's because it doesn't go into safe mode for no reason, therefore there was a problem. They might not want it to reboot without running some diagnostics first to see what the problem was. Wiki has a few comments about safe mode:
Originally posted by fixer1967
And why not have a SAFE MODE with auto reboot so after a time delay it reboots by its self and ground control does not have to do any thing.
Recovery from safe mode involves reestablishing communication between the spacecraft and mission control, downloading any diagnostic data and sequencing power back on to the various subsystems to resume the mission. The recovery time can be anywhere from a few hours to days or weeks depending on the difficulty in reestablishing communications, conditions found on the spacecraft, distance to the spacecraft and the nature of the mission.
The spacecraft's ability to enter safe mode may be suppressed during periods of crucial spacecraft operations, such as during the orbit insertion rocket firing at Saturn of the Cassini spacecraft, where if a critical failure were to occur during this operation most if not all of the mission objectives would be lost anyway.[
Japan’s next prime minister is known for being bland in his speeches. His wife, however, is anything but.
Miyuki Hatoyama, a former actress and wife of Yukio Hatoyama—who will likely be sworn in as Japan’s prime minister on Sept 16—promises to become one of Japan’s most colorful first ladies ever.
A strong believer in spiritualism, Hatoyama said in a TV appearance earlier this year she met U.S. actor Tom Cruise—in a previous life. She also claims that her soul has traveled to Venus on a UFO.
Originally posted by BeastMaster2012
What ever happened to this? Did it ever wake up? I want some Venus photos, pronto!