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How Nasa's New Horizon got over its 'Apollo 13' moment on the way to Pluto The people in the Mission Operations Centre "the MOC" had been tracking Nasa's New Horizons spacecraft for 9 years as it journeyed the breadth of the solar system.

Also arriving within minutes was the mission's leader, Alan Stern, a planetary scientist. Everyone cancelled July 4 plans. They weren't going home tonight. This was a sleep on the office floor pandora jewelry collection crisis. "I stayed on the floor, and it was probably one of the best 15 or 20 minute sleeps I've ever had," Bowman says. The official story from Nasa and APL officials over the next two days was this was an "anomaly," and the team had resolved the issues and pandora jewelry usa gotten the spacecraft back in shape for the Pluto flyby. But this was no mere glitch. This was almost a disaster. This was, as Stern would later admit, "our Apollo 13." New Horizons pictured in 2005, prior to take off The disappearance of the spacecraft challenged the New Horizons team to perform at its highest level and under the greatest of deadline pressures. The nature of the New Horizons mission did not permit any wiggle room, any delays, any do overs, because it was a flyby. The spacecraft had one shot at Pluto, tightly scheduled: When it vanished, New Horizons was going about 32,000 miles per hour and on track to make its closest pass to Pluto, about 7,800 miles, pandora on sale at precisely 7:49 am July 14. But as the New Horizons team gathered in the control room on July 4, no one knew whether their spacecraft was still alive. The scene of all this drama is a place with a proud history but a remarkably low profile. Raise your hand if you've heard of the Applied Physics Laboratory. Raise the other hand if you've heard of its slogan, "Critical Contributions to Critical Challenges." It's a sprawling place, hidden in plain sight just west of Route 29 between Washington and Baltimore. The campus has 20 major buildings on 453 acres. It has 5,000 full time and 400 part time employees, making it the largest employer in Howard County. But its staff can't discuss many specifics. The stealthy nature of the lab reflects its heavy load of classified research. Major funders include the military (the Navy, in particular), the Department of Homeland Security and the intelligence community. An image of Pluto taken by New Horizons APL was established during World War II and originally housed in a used car dealership in Silver Spring. It has racked up a long list of technological achievements including missile guidance and satellite based navigation. Researchers here today are finding ways to protect soldiers from blast injuries. They have created a prosthetic arm with 26 joints and 17 motors that can curl 45 pounds, tweeze 20 pounds between two fingers and be controlled entirely by brain signals. When people think of a lab that makes robotic probes that explore the solar system, they usually think of Nasa's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California. But APL has a boutique spaceflight operation funded by Nasa contracts, accounting for about 20 per cent of the lab's overall workload. pandora bracelet package APL has built and operated 68 spacecraft over the years, including the Messenger spacecraft that recently explored Mercury. But despite many successes, APL has never had a mission guaranteed to get as much media coverage as New Horizons. "This is a big deal," says Ralph Semmel, the director of APL. Because New Horizons is so far away, it takes 4 1/2 hours for a one way message between the spacecraft and the MOC. That means whatever happened to New Horizons on July 4 had actually happened 4 1/2 hours before the people in Mission Operations knew about it. That also meant that any instructions to the spacecraft would take 4 1/2 hours to get there. This wasn't like talking to a robotic vehicle parked on the moon; a signal there or back takes little more than one second. Pluto (R) and its moon Charon are pictured from about 6 million kilometers in this July 8, 2015 NASA handout photo from the New Horizons Long Range Reconnaissance Imager The team in the MOC knew that one possibility, very remote, was that the spacecraft had hit something. It's going so fast that it could be disabled by a collision with something as small as a grain of rice. But there's no rice near Pluto and, although there are dust particles, rocks, boulders and a few moons, space is really spacious in three dimensions. The odds of New Horizons hitting anything during this journey especially while still millions of miles from the Pluto system are extremely low. "That would be extraordinarily bad luck," project manager Fountain said. Still, with the spacecraft lost at the edge of the solar system, no one knew what had happened or whether they would ever hear from it again. They ran through the most likely causes of the anomaly. They had two fairly simple scenarios. The first was that, for some reason, the main computer had rebooted itself.

That had happened a few times in the past. The second scenario was that the spacecraft sensed something amiss and, as it is programmed to do, powered down the main computer and switched operations to the backup computer. That had never happened before.

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