Deep Impact in trouble: last heard from August 8
Posted by Emily Lakdawalla
04-09-2013 13:10 CDT
A terse update on the status of the aging Deep Impact spacecraft was posted on the mission website this morning:
We have not received any of our expected observations of comet ISON due to a spacecraft problem. Communication with the spacecraft was lost some time between August 11 and August 14 (we only talk to the spacecraft about once per week). The last communication was on August 8. After considerable effort, the team on August 30 determined the cause of the problem. The team is now trying to determine how best to try to recover communication.
As long as controllers are communicating with a spacecraft, there is hope. When they are not in communication with a spacecraft, that's pretty scary. Good luck to the Deep Impact team on recovering the spacecraft for a future comet or asteroid encounter. It's a great little mission.
Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/11/03 03:39 CDT
According to the mission timeline, the Deep Impact high-resolution observations of Hartley 2 are beginning in just a few minutes, at 20:50 according to the clock on the spacecraft.
Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/11/01 01:27 CDT
The week is finally here: Deep Impact flies past Hartley 2, the smallest comet yet to be visited by a spacecraft, on Thursday, November 4 at 13:50 UTC.
Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/10/26 03:01 CDT
Today was the press briefing that previewed the upcoming Deep Impact flyby of Hartley 2.
Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/09/08 12:51 CDT
Deep Impact is rapidly approaching its next -- and final -- target, comet Hartley 2, which it will fly by on November 4.
Posted by Bruce Betts on 2010/08/11 04:45 CDT
It's day 2 at NASA's Exploration of Near Earth Objects (NEO) Objectives workshop (ExploreNOW).
Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2009/12/30 08:26 CST
Looking over the list of planets, moons, and smaller bodies I posted so far, I realized I didn't have an image of a comet yet.
Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2009/09/25 05:02 CDT
How much water is there on the Moon, and is it in a form that human explorers could use? This part of the story has many more questions and many fewer definite conclusions.