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Engine Shutdown Likely Culprit in Mars Lander Crash.
Engine Shutdown Likely Culprit in Mars Lander Crash
2001 Mars Lander Mission Cancelled
Fists Fly in Russian Space Test
Galileo Honored with Aerospace Award
ENGINE SHUTDOWN LIKELY CULPRIT IN MARS LANDER CRASH
Two review boards report that a software glitch likely caused the loss of
the Mars Polar Lander (MPL). When the landing legs of the MPL deployed
at 130 feet above Mars, sensors in the legs may have sent signals telling the
computer it was already landed, shutting down the engines. However, the
deeper problem was attempting ambitious missions with too little, leaving
little chance of success.
2001 MARS LANDER MISSION CANCELLED
A Mars lander scheduled for launch next year has been cancelled. That
lander had a design similar to the Mars Polar Lander. The companion orbiter
mission will proceed.
FISTS FLY IN RUSSIAN SPACE TEST
Cosmonauts have come to blows during isolation experiments. The tests
are investigating how well space travelers would cope with long, lonely
space travel. The conclusion is: not very well.
GALILEO HONORED WITH AEROSPACE AWARD
The team of NASA's Galileo will be honored with the Nelson P. Jackson
Aerospace Award for outstanding contributions to planetary exploration.
In sharp contrast to the failures of the Mars program, Galileo was launched
in 1989, arrived at Jupiter in 1995 for the two year mission for which it was
designed, performed another two year mission that ended Jan 31st of this
year, when it began another mission set called the Galileo Millennium Mission.
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