Space probe blues October 29, 2016Posted by WorldbyStorm in Uncategorized.
I was just thinking of the scientists who saw the ESA Mars Lander project end in – well, frankly, a new crater on Mars last weekend. All those years of work and effort and waiting and then in literally seconds it ends. It must be unbelievably frustrating and one would have to have considerable sympathy for them.
That said it is far from a complete loss, the orbiter is still there and then, as noted on the Liftoff podcast, we can even see the crater. Depressing but still a time of wonders.
Meanwhile what of Juno? You may recall I mentioned there were no photographs since a while back. But it transpires that tight orbits that it was meant to commence on October 14 which would offer fantastic new photographs of the planet didn’t start. Problems with the engine valves not working meant that said orbits never took place. Anyhow, things look a bit more positive now.
Almost a Christmas present for the team working on it.