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Deep Impact spacecraft may be drawing its last breath...

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posted on Sep, 11 2013 @ 03:23 PM
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There is still no contact with Deep Impact, reports Emily Lakdawalla of the Planetary Society: www.planetary.org...

Official NASA article: www.jpl.nasa.gov...


Ground controllers have been unable to communicate with NASA's long-lived Deep Impact spacecraft. Last communication with the spacecraft was on Aug. 8, 2013. Deep Impact mission controllers will continue to uplink commands in an attempt to reestablish communications with the spacecraft.

Mission controllers postulate that there was an anomaly generated by the spacecraft's software which left the vehicle's computers in a condition where they are continuously rebooting themselves. If this is the case, the computers would not continue to command the vehicle's thrusters to fire and hold attitude. Lack of attitude hold makes attempts to reestablish communications more difficult because the orientation of the spacecraft's antennas is unknown. It also brings into question the vehicle's electrical power status, as the spacecraft derives its power from a solar array that is fixed, with its cells pointing in one direction.


Could it be the end of the famed Deep Impact spacecraft?

edit on 11-9-2013 by wildespace because: (no reason given)




posted on Sep, 11 2013 @ 03:30 PM
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It finished its mission years ago, we were lucky to get as much as we have gotten out of it.

RIP DI



posted on Sep, 11 2013 @ 03:47 PM
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aliens blowed that sucker up. buwhahahahha



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