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Space & Planetary Science

Landsat 5 is Fading

By Keith Cowing
December 2, 2005

Landsat 5 Experiencing Technical Difficulties, USGS

“On November 26, 2005, the back-up solar array drive on Landsat 5 began exhibiting unusual behavior. The solar array drive maintains the proper pointing angle between the solar array and the sun. The rotation of the solar array drive became sporadic and the solar array was not able to provide the power needed to charge the batteries.”

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