May 13, 2023

Stuck antenna freed on Jupiter-bound spacecraft

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A crucial radar antenna on a European spacecraft bound for Jupiter is no longer jammed.

Flight controllers in Germany freed the 52-foot (16-meter) antenna Friday after nearly a month of effort.

The European Space Agency’s Jupiter Icy Moons Explorer, nicknamed Juice, blasted off in April on a decade-long voyage. Soon after , a tiny pin refused to budge and prevented the antenna from fully opening.

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