deep-space probe

deep-space probe

[¦dēp ¦spās ′prōb]
(aerospace engineering)
A spacecraft designed for exploring space beyond the gravitational and magnetic fields of the earth.
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After a NASA deep-space probe crash lands in Mexico, alien life forms spread throughout the US-Mexico border region, leading to areas being quarantined.
China's space-science program took a major step in October with the launch of its first deep-space probe, Chang'e 1, to study the Moon.
I can tell you that we removed a piece of it and presented it to the New Horizons deep-space probe team, which is the first non-NASA developed deep-space probe," Rutan said.
During a listless era of discovery dominated by unexciting deep-space probes, lethargic Martian rovers, and heavily diminished manned orbital missions, modern society hasn't been able to maintain much enthusiasm for astronauts--former torchbearers of the exciting and complex "Space Race.
Satellites, spacecraft, and deep-space probes require thrusters to keep them in place or push them wherever they need to go--not an easy task when space, payload, and cost are incredibly finite.
He works for a company that is a behind-the-scenes but necessary supporter of the space projects operated by the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, working at the site in California's desert that is home for the giant antennas that communicate with Curiosity and other deep-space probes.
But two researchers at Penn State university disagree with the Obama administration, and insisted that our deep-space probes - NASA's Pioneer and Voyager craft - may be equally too small for extraterrestrial civilisations to notice.
From Jules Verne's book From the Earth to the Moon, penned more than 140 years ago, to CGI-laden space movies and the real-life exploits of a manned moon landing, deep-space probes, satellites and zero-gravity experiments: space exploration is both exciting, and surprisingly commonplace.
In reality, thermoelectrics have been too inefficient and expensive to do much more than cool beverages in picnic baskets or power deep-space probes that need especially reliable components (SN: 9/6/97 p.
The optically based communication system could also benefit satellite-to-satellite communication for spacecraft in low Earth orbit, for geo-stationary satellites, and for deep-space probes.
A Government Accounting Office report on power sources for deep-space probes issued in May said future missions may pose less of a health risk than past missions.
It stated: "Until now, deep-space probes had to use thermonuclear power generators like the so-called RTGs.