The newsblog of Nature has broken the news that the EPOXI (Deep Impact) spacecraft is in a spin since August after a software uplink. Engineers are rushin to try and recover the spacecraft to a properly solar illuminated condition before the battery power runs out. Having taken part in firing a probe into Comet P/Tempel 1 in 2005, the NASA Deep Impact mission received extra funding in its EPOXI mission guise to make a flyby of Comet Hartley 2 in 2010 and and eventually to the asteroid 2002GT in 2020.
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