NASA’s Geotail mission operations sign off after 30 years

  • The joint mission operations of the NASA-JAXA, Geotail spacecraft have signed off after 30 years in orbit.
  • Reason: Failure of the spacecraft’s remaining data recorder.
  • This mission was launched on July 24, 1992.
  • Geotail orbited Earth had gathered an immense dataset on the structure and dynamics of the magnetosphere, Earth’s protective magnetic bubble.
  • It was originally slated for a four-year run, but the mission was extended due to its high-quality data return.