Ulysses Update

March 8th, 2009 · No Comments

The Ulysses spacecraft is slowly dying, but its not quite finished yet! Its demise was slated for July 1, 2008, but even without its primary X-Band transmitter whose heatsink doubles as the heater for the fuel lines, its been surviving. Here’s the latest update on the health of the only spacecraft ever to explore the […]

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I’m not dead yet!

July 11th, 2008 · No Comments

Reports of the demise of Ulysses have been slightly exaggerated. The bird still lives!! It must be admitted, that its living on a day-to-day basis. It was expected that by July 1st, the hydrazine fuel would have frozen in the lines, and the spacecraft would begin to tumble. To stave this [...]

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Ulysses Eulogy

July 3rd, 2008 · No Comments

Its was like watching someone turn off the life-support machines of an old friend. June 30th, 2008, was the last day of mission operations for the Ulysses spacecraft, after nearly 18 years of service. It also brings to an end the exploration of a region of our solar system that’s not likely to [...]

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