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$75 million HESSI spacecraft Damaged in NASA Testing Error.
$75 million HESSI spacecraft Damaged in NASA Testing Error
NASA Administrator Admits Agency Stretched Too Thin
IMAGE to Reveal Magnetosphere
$75 MILLION HESSI spacecraft DAMAGED IN NASA TESTING ERROR
A NASA spacecraft designed to study solar flares was heavily damaged on
March 21st during a test at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL). The
High-Energy Solar Spectroscopic Imager (HESSI) was shaken 10 times
stronger than originally planned during a test used to simulate launch
vibrations. Two of the craft's four solar panels were damaged, and the
mission will be delayed at least six months.
NASA ADMINISTRATOR ADMITS AGENCY STRETCHED TOO THIN
Wednesday NASA's administrator Daniel S. Goldin addressed the Senate
Commerce subcommittee on space. Goldin admitted that the agency made
management mistakes that contributed to recent mission failures, due to
trying to do more missions with less money. He also blames workforce
cutbacks and the loss of veteran engineering staff for poor training, leadership
and communication breakdowns between engineers, technicians and management.
IMAGE TO REVEAL MAGNETOSPHERE
The invisible magnetic world that surrounds our planet will be seen for
the first time with NASA's launch of the Imager for Magnetopause-to-Aurora
Global Exploration, or IMAGE. The magnetosphere will be photographed,
allowing us to view solar particles battering our magnetic bubble in the
beautiful aurora borealis.
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