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The inside story of New Horizons’ ‘Apollo 13’ moment on its way to Pluto - The Washington Post

The people in the Mission Operations control center — “the MOC” — had been tracking NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft for nine and a half years as it journeyed the breadth of the solar system. It was just 10 days away from the dwarf planet Pluto when, at 1:55 p.m. on July 4, it vanished.[...]

No more data, no connection at all. As if the spacecraft had plunged into a black hole. Or hit an asteroid and disintegrated. [...]

Everyone canceled their July 4 plans. They weren’t going home tonight. This was a sleep-on-the-office-floor crisis.

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