Spacecraft Set to Rendezvous With Pluto Briefly Goes Silent

Update, July 5: Teams have sorted out what happened on board the New Horizons spacecraft, and normal science operations will resume July 7. "The underlying cause of the incident was a hard-to-detect timing flaw in the spacecraft command sequence that occurred during an operation to prepare for the close flyby," NASA said. Impacts to science data should be minimal, and no similar sequences are planned between now and the closest approach to Pluto, which will happen on July 14. (Read the full statement here.)

NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft, which is hurtling toward a historic rendezvous with Pluto in just 10 days, briefly lost contact with Earth around 2 ...

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