Posted in: 29/10/2021 – 13:58
NASA is facing a problem with a solar panel stuck in the wing of its newly launched Lucy spacecraft to explore an unprecedented number of asteroids.
According to the American Associated Press, the problem arose shortly after the spacecraft took off on October 16, 2021 on a 12-year journey.
After measuring the electric current this week, NASA reported on Wednesday, October 27, 2021, that one of the giant circular solar panels in the “Lucy” spacecraft expands by only 75-95%, as there is a rope that holds it in place and impedes its movement.
And any attempt to reopen the pavilion, which has a diameter of 7 meters, will not happen before mid-November.
NASA said the problem has not yet affected Lucy’s space flight, so there’s no need to rush to look for the next step, as everything else on the spacecraft is working properly.
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