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Posted 22 July 2014 - 02:23 PM
Galaxy mapper's first discovery: surprise space debris
New Scientist said:
A robotic galaxy mapper may have just made its first discovery by surviving an unexpected onslaught of space debris.
Scientists working with the European Space Agency's Gaia satellite have found that the spacecraft is being peppered by far more micrometeoroids tiny specks of space dust than had been anticipated. The strikes shouldn't put Gaia in danger, although mission scientists will have to watch closely as the spacecraft begins its scientific observations. And the discovery might spell trouble for future spacecraft headed to the same orbital position.
"Space is big. Really big. You just won't believe how vastly, hugely, mind-boggingly big it is. I mean, you may think it's a long way down the street to the chemist, but that's just peanuts to space." - The Hitch-Hikers Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams 1952 - 2001