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EPOXI (Deep Impact) comet rendezvous mission is off after failure-forced retirement confirmed

30 Sep 2013, 09:18 UTC
EPOXI (Deep Impact) comet rendezvous mission is off after failure-forced retirement confirmed
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NASA has formally announced the forced retirement of Deep Impact spacecraft before its follow-on mission to rendezvous with the Comet Ison. In August, contact was lost with the spacecraft after it fell into a spin following a software upload. With not enough illumination of its solar arrays, its batterie power pack apparently discharged. A full investigation is beeing undertaken to confirm the cause of the failure.
Comment by David Todd: NASA’s Deep Impact team has a lot to be proud of. On its original mission Deep Impact spacecraft fired an impactor into Comet P/Tempel 1 in July 2005 and imaged its results. In its extended Epoxi mission, made a fly-by Comet Hartley 2 in November 2010.

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