"The spacecraft is looking happy and healthy."
Finally some good news!
"We have re-established communications with CAPSTONE," reads a tweet by Advanced Space, a spaceflight company that collaborated on the development of the spacecraft with NASA. "The spacecraft is looking happy and healthy."
NASA later confirmed the news in a brief statement. It's an excellent update, with crews working around the clock to reestablish contact over the last 24 hours or so, and was met with much celebration online.
I guess we should keep an eye on this page:https://t.co/HIJb07ymhP
For the meantime, here's Rick Flair: pic.twitter.com/1c28ctxMAU
— Chris Bergin - NSF (@NASASpaceflight) July 6, 2022
On Tuesday, NASA announced it had encountered "communication issues while in contact with the Deep Space Network," referring to a global network of ground-based facilities allowing NASA and non-NASA spacecraft to keep in touch with each other.
The CAPSTONE mission is meant to lay the groundwork for NASA's Gateway space station by testing out a new elliptical, cislunar orbit.
While still don't know how exactly the team was able to re-establish communications, or why communications were lost in the first place. We're likely to hear more from Advanced Space and NASA soon, so stay tuned.
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