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On 26 August, 1981, just after the closest approach to Saturn, Voyager 2’s scan platform jammed. Priceless data on Saturn and its satellites was lost, but the main worry was that an icy particle from one of the rings had hit the platform. Happily, the platform was able to slew (turn on its axis) again after a couple of days, and tests were run to find out what went wrong and what could be done about it. Engineers back on Earth had four years before the canada goose factory sale Uranus encounter to test it, and discovered that the slew rate was too high, and that caused the platform to jam. No chances were taken and the slew rate was kept 0.33 a second during the Neptune flyby the maximum safe rate was 0.8 degrees a second.

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8,600Barnard’s Star4.020,300Proxima Centauri3.220,600Alpha Centauri3.523,200Lalande 211854.740,100Ross 2481.744,500DM 36 139405.646,300AC 79 38882.8129,000Ross 1545.8129,700DM 15 33643.5296,000Sirius4.31Voyager 2 was previously called Mariner Jupiter/Saturn B the name Voyager was only given to the mission six months prior to launch. Voyager 1 was called Mariner Jupiter/Saturn A.2In August, 1999, the Cassini Mission (due to flyby Titan on 19 November, 2007) caused controversy by passing very close to Earth with these power sources on board people were worried that if something went wrong, the entire planet http://www.mycanadagoosejacket.org could have been showered with dangerous radio isotopes. Happily, Cassini didn’t break Canada Goose Parka down, and we are all still safe.3This table taken from the Atlas of Neptune by Garry E Hunt and Patrick Moore.

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