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Subject: What happens to probes once the survey is completed? rss

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Tony M
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If you do a survey from orbit rather than fly-by I would assume the probe simply remains in orbit, at least for a while. Is this how others are treating them?

I completed a lunar survey and found that the surface of the Moon consists of deep, spacecraft-destroying dust. Therefore, my man-on-the-Moon mission has been scratched. But I feel like I should put some kind of small, shiny red token (I'm playing the USSR) on the Moon Orbit location to represent my probe as it continues to photograph the Moon's surface.
 
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David desJardins
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Tony M wrote:
If you do a survey from orbit rather than fly-by I would assume the probe simply remains in orbit, at least for a while.


I wouldn't assume that. Most spacecraft, especially early in the history of spaceflight, are only designed to last for the duration of their mission.
 
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Robert Manning
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Tony M wrote:
If you do a survey from orbit rather than fly-by I would assume the probe simply remains in orbit,
This is correct. Unless there is an automatic maneuver in the location a spacecraft remains where it is until it deliberately performs another maneuver.
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Will H.
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Likewise, if there is no automatic maneuver at the location, or any additional components to provide thrust, the probe does indeed remain at the location.

Personally, I usually just put the component card at that location to free up the token so I can build a new spacecraft. You may want to rendezvous with it in a later year to turn it into a lander.
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