Lost in Space: NASA lost contact with one of their probes





Space agency NASA announced that it had lost contact with his probe “Deep Impact» (Deep Impact), which it launched into space in 2005 – first to study the comet Tempel 1, and then the other flying by space objects. The agency says that the NASA mission control center lost contact with the probe on August 8, and until it is unsuccessfully trying to restore it.

In NASA believe that the problem of “Deep Impact” is related to its software, which makes the on-board computers constantly restart the probe. Space Agency engineers are trying to resurrect the machine, and if in the near future they will not succeed, the “Deep Impact” can be completely lost.

Without the board computers probe has the possibility of adjusting its position in space. When this happens, the machine usually starts literally hang out randomly in space and can not direct its antenna toward Earth. The worst thing here is that in such a situation would be wrong to charge its solar panels and eventually at the probe just might end power.


“Deep Impact” impactor shoots “Impactor” in the direction of the comet Tempel 1

If the “Deep Impact” will indeed be lost, it will end, perhaps one of the longest and most successful space missions NASA. The probe has already flown in space 7.58 billion kilometers. The probe, among other things had a special shoot off shock mechanism by which he “gave a kick” comet Tempel 1 and then explored the breakaway up dust and debris. Then the probe is sent to the additional mission to study comet Hartley 2 in 2010, and then the comet C/2009/1 2012 and Comet ISON in 2013.

In 2011, “Deep Impact” was redirected to intercept an asteroid (163249) 2002GT, which is closer to an accessible distance in 2020. However, those plans apparently did not come true.
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