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Emily LakdawallaJune 30, 2009

Webcast of Ulysses last day of operations

After 18.6 years in space and defying several earlier expectations of its demise, the joint ESA/NASA solar orbiter Ulysses will achieve "end of mission" on June 30, 2009. The final communication pass with a ground station will start at 17:35 CEST and run until 22:20 CEST (15:35-20:20 UTC) or until the final command is issued to switch the satellite's radio communications into "monitor only" mode. No further contact with Ulysses is planned.

The ESA/NASA Ulysses team at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory will livestream the Ulysses final ground pass and shut down tomorrow, June 30, starting at about 17:00 CEST (15:00 UTC).

For more details and to watch live, visit http://www.esa.int/ops or http://www.livestream.com/eurospaceagency

For the latest updates and more information on Ulysses operations, check out the Ulysses mission operations page.

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