New Horizons mission overcomes computer crash as it approaches Pluto

by | Jul 10, 2015 | NASA, Satellites, Science | 0 comments

At 1754GMT on 4 July 2015, NASA’s New Horizons mission fell into a safe mode after its primary computer crashed after an overload condition cutting communications with Earth.  The overload was caused when a commands upload ahead of a Pluto flyby happened at the same time as a data file compression activity was taking place. The spacecraft managed to switch to a back up computer and communications with Earth were re-established at 1915 GMT the same day.  While some data observations were lost during the approach to the dwarf planet Pluto the spacecraft was fully recovered by 7 July redly for its closes approach on 14 July 2015.

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