NASA’s Geotail is out of service

The staff of NASA, the Institute for Space and Astronautics of Japan (ISAS) and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) faced the task of continuing the mission Geotail because the last device failed. This is reported on the official website of NASA.

As clarified, the spacecraft recorded a failure of the second recorder of scientific data. Geotail was equipped with two devices for data collection, but the first failed in 2012 after 20 years of operation. As specified, errors in the data from the remaining recorder were seen June 28, 2022, attempts to restore were unsuccessful.

Geotail was launched July 24, 1992 from a station in Florida to study the structure and dynamics of the Earth’s tail magnetosphere. The apparatus made many discoveries: it helped understand how solar emissions enter the planet’s magnetosphere, and discovered oxygen, silicon, sodium and aluminum in the moon’s atmosphere.

In October 2022, NASA coordinated a spacewalk by its astronauts from the International Space Station (ISS) after a break of six months.

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Marie Weber

Marie Weber

Internet journalist with 10 years of experience. All her life she has loved to look at the night sky and has been captivated by the beauty of the stars. She has written articles for various online publications and is now happy to be part of the space publishing team.

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