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NASA’S MOON SPACECRAFT IS TUMBLING OUT OF CONTROL

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  • NASA’s tiny, Moon-bound CAPSTONE probe is once again in trouble after its launch earlier this summer — and is now literally tumbling out of control.
  • Statements issued this week by NASA and Advanced Space, the company managing the itty bitty cube-shaped satellite, admitted that an unknown issue caused CAPSTONE to tumble last week in what the contractor described as an “emergency.”
  • “The mission operations team is currently focused on recovery plans,” it wrote. “These efforts will begin by working to improve the thermal situation of several subsystems including the propulsion subsystem.”

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