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Apparently NASA lost contact with the Rover a couple hours after launch, when it went into "safe-mode" due to lower than expected temperatures in Earth's shadow. All came good after another hour or 2 and it should not affect the mission.

It would have been one hell of an "Oh ****" moment for those at NASA, and anyone else involved.

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It must be so daunting for these people.  So much of their life dedicated to this one thing, hoping it doesn't blow up at lift off, or crash land.

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3 hours ago, roxii said:

Undocking now. 
Good luck guys. 

They are coming back to Florida. If I were them I'd be asking if it could divert, or at least delay a few months till they get their shit in order.

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Sounds like we are on the verge of a bad (Corona virus style) exponential event in space.

Why is mankind so slow to learn some lessons?

“All it needs is a couple of catastrophic collisions or more destructive anti-satellite tests and suddenly we’re in the territory predicted by Donald Kessler and Burton Cour-Palais in the 1970s, where it will no longer be possible to use certain regions of space,” Dr Gorman said.

NASA scientist Donald Kessler proposed that once the level of debris reached a critical mass in orbit, the cascading effect of debris colliding with debris would mean that junk levels would continue to rise even if no new satellites were launched. This theory is now known as the Kessler Syndrome.

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-08-07/spacex-amazon-satellites-scramble-for-space-around-earth/12512978?nw=0

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