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Regarding the comment that "was the first spacecraft to make use of a 'gravitational slingshot' maneouvre" - didn't Apollo 13 basically do the same thing - the moon is a satellite and not a planet, but it's still the same basic idea. --DMG413 03:28, 29 March 2006 (UTC)
- actually it was the first to use the maneuver. —Preceding unsigned comment added by 126.96.36.199 (talk • contribs)
- What was the difference between what the two did? How does what Apollo 13 not qualify? --DMG413 03:40, 29 March 2006 (UTC)
Fate of Mariner 10
- No, unfortunately. As mentioned under the End of mission section, the spacecraft exhausted the included propellant. If the batteries were ok, the transmitter not damaged from radiation, and the overall shape of the spacecraft in decent, there would be a possibility that contact could be made for a very short period if the antenna ever happened to point toward Earth, but that is a lot of ifs, and the outlook is likely bad, especially in relation to radiation damage. The instruments on the spacecraft are far inferior to that of MESSENGER and the future launching Bepi Columbo anyway. So on the upside, we don't really need to. :) --Xession (talk) 03:35, 18 February 2011 (UTC)
- Oh I'm sure flyby 3 was completed with success. Don't hold me to that of course but I'm relatively sure. Here is the the briefing for the mission on the PDS for a good general overview of events. Also, if you're really interested in doing some research for this mission, I have a pretty good list of places to start on my user page that would be of good use. --Xession (talk) 04:43, 18 February 2011 (UTC)
Why did they turn off the transmitter?
- Commands were immediately sent to the spacecraft to turn off its transmitter, and radio signals to Earth ceased.
Perifocal distance (km) 3144.969853649
Inclination (deg) 18.178731465
Longitude of ascending node (deg) 301.356093378
Argument of periapse (deg) 336.485745870
Mean anomaly at epoch (deg) -0.000000000