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NASA nails test on Voyager spacecraft, 13 billion miles away

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla./December 4, 2017 (AP)(STL.NEWS) — NASA has nailed an engine test on a spacecraft 13 billion miles away. Last week, ground controllers sent commands to fire backup thrusters on Voyager 1, our most distant spacecraft. The thrusters had been idle for 37 years, since Voyager 1 flew past Saturn. To NASA’s delight, the four … Continue reading NASA nails test on Voyager spacecraft, 13 billion miles away

NASA’s Jupiter-circling spacecraft stuck making long laps

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP)(STL.News) — NASA’s Jupiter-circling spacecraft is stuck making long laps around the gas giant because of sticky valves. It currently takes Juno 53 days to fly around the solar system’s biggest planet. That’s almost four times longer than the intended 14-day orbit. After repeated delays, NASA decided late last week to scrap … Continue reading NASA’s Jupiter-circling spacecraft stuck making long laps