News of the WeekSolar Physics

So Far, So Good for SOHO

Science  11 Sep 1998:
Vol. 281, Issue 5383, pp. 1585-1587
DOI: 10.1126/science.281.5383.1585

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Engineers who have been gingerly trying to bring the Solar and Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO) back from suspended animation have so far detected no permanent damage to the $1 billion spacecraft, which spun out of control and lost power after a series of ground control errors in June. But officials from NASA and the European Space Agency (ESA) are now hopeful that they can bring the spacecraft back to life, although it will take several more weeks. That optimistic assessment was provided at a press briefing last week by NASA and ESA officials, who also released a final report confirming that errors by an overworked control team caused the spacecraft's problems.