Problems With WIRE Spacecraft End Mission
News story originally written on March 8, 1999
The Wide-Field Infrared Explorer (WIRE) will not be able to complete its
scientific mission due to an on-board problem.
WIRE started releasing hydrogen gas soon after the launch. The gas caused
the spacecraft to start spinning. Now ground controllers have almost
stopped the craft from spinning but there is a bigger problem. The
entire supply of hydrogen, which was needed to cool the on-board
instruments, has been released into space.
WIRE's mission was to look at newly forming galaxies. Scientists wanted
to study stars in different stages of formation so they could get a
better idea of how our
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