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Spacecraft Ulysses will order to commit suicide. / June 30, 2009 /

American and European space agencies have decided to terminate the mission spacecraft «Ulysses», which is more than 18 years studying the Sun. Details of «murder» given the message at NASA.

Tuesday, June 30, responsible for mission «Ulysses» engineers deliver aid team to stop sending the received data to Earth. Murder «Ulysses» unprofitability explained further his work. The trajectory of «Ulysses» was selected in such a way that over time it is removed from the Earth and the transfer of data is becoming increasingly difficult.

Mission «Ulysses» has started in October 1990. Apparatus operated by NASA and supervised jointly by ESA, studied the sun, not only from the ecliptic plane, but from the poles. His instruments to collect data on the magnetic field of stars, as well as on the characteristics of the Sun emitted particles. Originally planned that «Ulysses» elaborate five years, but eventually the unit function is almost four times as much.

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