Saturday, February 23, 2008

Last days of a great mission

The Ulysses "solar polar" probe, which gave scientists their first look at the sun and solar system from "above" and "below" the plane of the ecliptic, is on its last legs. Launched in 1990 on a planned five-year mission, the probe kept sending data for 17 years. The joint NASA-ESA mission team reports the 6-billion-mile journey will end in a few weeks.

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