NASA’s Mars MAVEN spacecraft spent 3 months on the brink of disaster

NASA’s Mars MAVEN spacecraft spent 3 months on the brink of disaster

A daunting three-hour presentation to NASA management on the future of the MAVEN Mars orbiter was supposed to be the biggest challenge for the mission team earlier this year. But just as the presentation was going smoothly on Earth, the spacecraft itself was in serious trouble millions of miles away.

As she finished leading the presentation that day in February, Shannon Curry, recently appointed Principal Investigator for the MAVEN mission, felt confident in the work of the team, arguing that the March The mission should continue for at least another three years, an argument based on six months of exhaustive work by the team.

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