NASA spacecraft almost collided with one of the moons of Mars

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2017-03-04 12:30:05

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All of us from time to time "fills", but when you're a huge piece of metal traveling through space, the effects of "drift" can be somewhat more pitiable than usual. This week in space NASA's Mars Atmosphere and Volatile EvolutioN (MAVEN), circling around Mars, had almost the last minute to make a sharp maneuver to change course to avoid one of the natural satellites of the red planet – Phobos.

On Tuesday, February 28, MAVEN launched its engines to increase your speed just less than 2 kilometers per hour. However, this correction is of course allowed the machine to face the huge space rock in the face of Phobos. Delay correction for a further 2.5 minutes and the collision could not be avoided. If the Agency has not made the necessary adjustments to the trajectory and speed of MAVEN, the device would encounter the Martian satellite on March 6.

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It Should be noted that it is generally the first correction maneuver for MAVEN. Fortunately, a team from the jet propulsion Laboratory of NASA (JPL) in Pasadena (California, USA), were able to accurately calculate new parameters, which allowed the machine to avoid collision.

"many thanks to the teams for the navigation and calculation of a trajectory of flight of the JPL daily tracking for the spacecraft MAVEN and the time made the decision to commit the required corrective maneuver," — not without joy noted in the official press release of the project Manager mission space MAVEN Bruce Jakosky.

Recall that the MAVEN spacecraft was sent to Mars in November 2013. Reaching our planetary neighbor, he began to study its upper atmosphere, ionosphere, and monitor the impact on the planet the solar wind. Thanks to the timely response by the JPL team, the unit will be able to continue their work.

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