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November 9, 2010 > NASA's Cassini spacecraft goes into safe mode

NASA's Cassini spacecraft goes into safe mode

Submitted By AP Wire Service

PASADENA, Calif. (AP), Nov 05 - NASA's Cassini spacecraft will likely miss a rendezvous with Saturn's largest moon next week after going into safe mode.

Engineers at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory are troubleshooting the workhorse spacecraft, which went into precautionary standby mode on Tuesday.

Cassini stopped sending back science data and is only relaying information about its health.

It was scheduled to fly by the Saturnian moon Titan on Nov. 11, but engineers said they probably won't be able to diagnose and fix the problem in time.

There are 53 other Titan flybys planned between now and 2017.

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Online:

Cassini mission: http://saturn.jpl.nasa.gov/index.cfm

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