EPOXI (Deep Impact) comet rendezvous mission is off after failure-forced retirement confirmed

by | Sep 30, 2013 | exploration, NASA, Satellites, Science | 0 comments

NASA has formally announced the forced retirement of Deep Impact spacecraft before its  follow-on mission to rendezvous with the Comet Ison.  In August, contact was lost with the spacecraft after it fell into a spin following a software upload.  With not enough illumination of its solar arrays, its batterie power pack apparently discharged.   A full investigation is beeing undertaken to confirm the cause of the failure.

Comment by David Todd: NASA’s Deep Impact team has a lot to be proud of.  On its original mission Deep Impact spacecraft fired an impactor into Comet P/Tempel 1 in July 2005 and imaged its results.  In its extended Epoxi mission,  made a fly-by Comet Hartley 2 in November 2010.

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