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From the press release: From the moment he is handed a possibility of making the first alien contact, Saunders Maxwell decides he will do it, even if doing so takes him through hell and back.

 
Unfortunately, that is exactly where that journey takes him.

 
The vision that Zimmerman paints of vibrant human colonies on the Moon, Mars, the asteroids, and beyond, indomitably fighting the harsh lifeless environment of space to build new societies, captures perfectly the emerging space race we see today.

 
He also captures in Pioneer the heart of the human spirit, willing to push forward no matter the odds, no matter the cost. It is that spirit that will make the exploration of the heavens possible, forever, into the never-ending future.

 
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All A-OK with New Horizons

Engineers have pinpointed the issue — “a hard-to-detect timing flaw in the spacecraft command sequence” — that caused New Horizons to enter safe mode on Saturday.

Since they do not plan to upload any similar commands before the July 14th fly-by, they do not expect a repeat of this problem. Full science operations are expected to resume on July 7.

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3 comments

  • Maurice

    Some imagery was lost, but how much hasn’t been made clear. Any insider info?

  • Nick P

    Re: “Some imagery was lost”

    They haven’t been showing us much anyway, but thank God it’s back online.

    I have a close friend who was in control of releasing the images from Voyager at JPL. He told me he released the images immediately upon receiving them. He’s retired now but I wish he still worked there…

  • Maurice

    Voyager is still giving us new insights into our Solar system. I still check the mission site often, hoping for news on the magnetic field reversal (or not)

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