|Quoting nomadd22 (Reply 99):|
All looks good.
Great! Reading about the "anomaly" yesterday on July 4th really dampened my evening and was quite depressing, considering all that New Horizons represents, even though only about a day's worth of data was lost.
...full recovery is expected to take from one to several days; New Horizons will be temporarily unable to collect science data during that time.
I am so very glad now to learn that
The underlying cause of the incident was a hard-to-detect timing flaw in the spacecraft command sequence that occurred during an operation to prepare for the close flyby. No similar operations are planned for the remainder of the Pluto encounter.
The mission science team and principal investigator have concluded that the science observations lost during the anomaly recovery do not affect any primary objectives of the mission, with a minimal effect on lesser objectives.
Phew! What a relief!
By the way, I find the best public website for New Horizons info is the one operated by the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Lab, who basically run the whole shebang:
We are all very lucky to be alive and here for this upcoming singular encounter!
I'm already excited to find out what the data stream arriving on 15 July reveals, and I can't wait to read the journal Science's issue that will be devoted to the encounter soon thereafter. Science has been very reliable over the past half-century in dedicating most of an issue to in-depth coverage of the encounters probes have had with planets in our Solar System, from Mariner to Messenger and everything in between....
Godspeed, New Horizons!