Will it reach the moon or not. NASA still hasn't taken full control of an important lunar mission vehicle
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Small spacecraft CAPSTONE is still trying to get to the Earth's satellite.
NASA engineers believe that a vehicle designed to study the stability of the orbit of the future lunar space orbital station is flying in the right direction. But a month after the next breakdown, it was not possible to establish full control over it over CAPSTONE, writes Space.
The CAPSTONE spacecraft went into safe mode after its onboard computer malfunctioned nearly a month ago. As a result, it began to rotate strongly and because of this, obtaining the required amount of solar energy became limited. As Focus already wrote, NASA even lost contact with this device for a while, but then it was restored.
Until now, NASA engineers are trying to establish full control over the device weighing 25 kg. This is necessary so that CAPSTONE still gets to the moon by November 13th. Considering that this device will enter a very elongated orbit around the Moon, where no such spacecraft has yet flown, this mission is of great importance for NASA.
First of all, this device is needed for checking the stability of the orbit of the future space station, which will revolve around the moon. And secondly, the difficulties that scientists face, although unforeseen, are nevertheless important for understanding how similar problems can be solved in the future.
Now engineers believe that no matter what the CAPSTONE spacecraft flies in the right direction. But it is still necessary to restore full control over its movement. According to the data that scientists on Earth receive from this apparatus, it receives a sufficient amount of solar energy necessary for its operation.
Focus already wrote that the first problems with this apparatus NASA had a week after he went into space at the end of June this year. But we managed to solve them, as Focus.