Ulysses To Be Shutdown Tomorrow

Artist's concept of Ulysses moving toward the Sun.  Image credit:  JPL/NASA

Artist's conception of Ulysses moving toward the Sun. Image credit: JPL/NASA

The robotic solar orbiter, Ulysses, a joint mission of NASA and the European Space Agency, will be officially shutdown tomorrow, June 30th.  Launched from the space shuttle Discovery in October 1990, Ulysses has functioned long past the original five year mission.  While Ulysses has provided significant information about the sun, it has now moved so far from Earth that its data transfer rate has slowed so much as to no longer be cost effective for NASA and ESA.  For more information on Ulysses, see MSNBC.

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