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Tuesday, December 9, 2003



Nozomi Scrapped

Artist's conception of Nozomi spacecraft.
Artist's conception of Nozomi spacecraft.
Credit: JAXA
In a widely-expected announcement, the Japanese space agency today announced that it had failed to recover key electrical systems on its Mars-bound Nozomi spacecraft and was abandoning the mission. Nozomi, plagued by problems throughout its five-year life, was launched to conduct observations of the Martian atmosphere and magnetic field.

The Japanese space agency nows says it will attempt to use Nozomi to make observations of the solar wind as it orbits the sun.

(More info: CNN.com)


- posted by Brian @ 19:22 EST