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July 5, 2015

NASA’s Pluto probe will spend ‘days’ recovering from a glitch

by John_A

NASA's New Horizons probe near Pluto

Don’t expect to hear more from NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft for a while. The Pluto observer recently encountered a glitch that made it lose contact for an hour and a half. That doesn’t sound like much of a problem, but it was enough to kick the probe into a safe mode that doesn’t collect scientific data. The mission team believes it could take up to “several days” to get back to normal due to the distance from Earth — and that’s slightly worrying when the mission’s all-important Pluto flyby should take place on July 14th. While there’s a good chance that New Horizons will be back to normal by the time it’s close to the dwarf planet, it’s clear that every day of downtime will matter.

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Via: Space.com

Source: John Hopkins University

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