A Race Against Time: Quick  MAVEN Spacecraft

Engineering Saves NASA’s

After three months

 in safe mode, NASA’s MAVEN spacecraft has finally returned to normal science and relay operations.

The problem started

 back on February 22, 2022, when contact with the spacecraft was lost.

NASA’s Mars Atmosphere and

 Volatile EvolutioN, or MAVEN, mission returned to normal science after recovering from an extended safe mode event.

The spacecraft encountered

 problems in February with its Inertial Measurement Units

The mission team

successfully diagnosed the issue with these navigation instruments

Also developed a system for

 the spacecraft to navigate by the stars, which should allow for continued MAVEN mission operations through the next decade.

Blood Moon, Aurora, and Milky 

Way Captured in One Photo