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(CNN) - An instrument carried by the Mars Odyssey spacecraft to measure martian radiation began gathering science data seven months after it suddenly stopped communicating with flight controllers, NASA said. Engineers who had been troubleshooting the problem since late February finally re-established communication on Wednesday with the instrument, which stopped working in August. Roger Gibbs, the Odyssey project manager at JPL, said fixing communications with the instrument means the spacecraft's entire payload is now working. The instrument, designed to assess radiation risks that future human missions to Mars may encounter, stopped communicating while Odyssey was en route to the Red Planet.
(More info: CNN.com)
- posted by Alex @ 18:23 EST