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did i do it NASA loses contact with Voyager Two after a programming error on Earth…

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Once again, NASA has hit the headlines and you might be curious about what happened this time. Did they finally manage to go to the moon? Well, not quite. This time, NASA experts lost an $895 million space probe that had been sailing through outer space since 1977. Due to a programming error here on Earth, Voyager Two, the probe went launch to study the outer planets and interstellar space beyond the Sun’s heliosphere, is gone. wow

CBS News:

NASA said Friday it had lost contact with Voyager 2, located nearly 12.4 billion miles from Earth. The contact was interrupted when a series of planned commands on July 21 accidentally caused the antenna to point 2 degrees away from Earth, NASA said.

Now that the space agency has picked up a carrier signal, engineers will try to send Voyager 2 a command to point toward Earth, but if the command doesn’t work, communications may not resume until mid of October

A scheduled reset of the guidance is scheduled for October 15. NASA said it believes the reorientation, which is designed to keep Voyager 2’s antenna pointed at Earth, should allow communication to resume. NASA believes the spacecraft will remain on its planned trajectory from now until October 15.

Unfortunately, NASA is a place where failures are just as fascinating as successes. It’s like they have a special talent for making things go wrong. Who can forget the time they installed the equipment backwards or couldn’t figure out the metric system? You’d think such a beloved organization would get it right at least 99.9 percent of the time, right? No. Unfortunately, NASA continues to stumble.

Meet Suzanne “Suzy” Todd, Voyager 2 Mission Director:

We at Revolver have chronicled the demise of NASA extensively, drawing particular attention to, you guessed it, the new obsession with diversity.

READ MORE: Will Affirmative Action NASA Ever Return to the Moon?

Wired put together a pretty impressive list of NASA’s biggest mistakes. Here are some of our favorites:


Mars Climate Orbiter:
description Six years after the demise of the Mars Observer, the Mars Climate Orbiter followed suit. This time, however, NASA knew what was wrong: Lockheed Martin’s subcontracted engineers used English units of measurement instead of the agency’s preferred metric system. The resulting navigational confusion sent the vehicle into a low-altitude orbit, where it was torn apart by atmospheric stresses.

Meters of success and miles of confusion…

Mars Polar Lander:
Description Finally: No mysterious silence, no goofball measures! Nothing but 142 million miles of smooth sailing from Earth to 40 meters above the surface of the red planet. That’s when the lander’s computers misinterpreted a routine vibration as evidence of a landing, cut the descent engines and sent the craft to destruction. NASA historian Steven Dick says, “One unconfirmed theory is that Martian anti-aircraft defenses are pretty good!”

Hey Frank, is this thing upside down?

Genesis capsule:
description In September 2004, NASA’s Genesis capsule returned to Earth with samples of the solar wind, a stream of electrons and protons from which scientists hoped to unlock the secrets of the sun and our solar system. It was supposed to parachute gently back to Earth, where a helicopter would stick it in the air before any sharp impact could dislodge the precious solar particles. But the Genesis’ parachute failed to open, sending the craft and its ethereal cargo straight into the Utah desert. Agency investigators later found that its deceleration sensors were installed backwards.

We don’t need no stinkin’ training…

DART spacecraft:
description The DART, or Demonstration for Autonomous Rendezvous Technology, was to show NASA’s navigation accuracy. Not only would it connect to another planet, but it would dock with an orbiting communications satellite. This delicate dance turned destructive in its October 2004 test, when DART collided with the satellite. NASA delayed its report for a year, then launched a scathing indictment citing “lack of training and experience,” schedule pressure, bad software coding and liability breakdowns.

Ah, those classic NASA mistakes! And now, Voyager Two joins the list. But there has been an update to this story. NASA now claims they picked up a faint “heartbeat” sound from Voyager. So maybe there is some hope after all? Either way, it’s hard to ignore NASA’s well-earned reputation as the biggest lunatic in the galaxy.



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