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NASA Still Trying to Re-establish Contact With Mars Global Surveyor

Since November 2nd, NASA has been unable to contact the Mars Global Surveyor spacecraft. The radio silence began just before the spacecraft’s tenth year in space, and nearly five years after its original mission concluded. At this point, "preliminary indications are that a solar panel became difficult to pivot, raising the possibility that the spacecraft may no longer be able to generate enough power to communicate," but the engineers are still exploring other possibilities. Attempts to capture an image of the spacecraft by cameras on the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter have, thus far, failed. As their next plan of attack, NASA engineers will try to use the Mars’ rovers as intermediaries in case the spacecraft has the power to communicate with them, but not Earth.

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