interplanetary probe


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interplanetary probe

[¦in·tər′plan·ə‚ter·ē ′prōb]
(aerospace engineering)
An instrumented spacecraft that flies through the region of space between the planets.
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The interplanetary probe mysteriously disappeared yesterday just as it reached its goal at the end of a nine-month journey.
For Benton and ABLE, career highlights include the magnetometer boom for the Galileo Interplanetary Probe and, most recently, the Shuttle Radar Topography Mission mast -- the longest structure to deploy in space.
Radhakrishnan, chairman of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), the country's space agency, said last week: "Any interplanetary probe is complex.
He said the probe would become 'the most toxic falling satellite ever' and added "What was billed as the heaviest interplanetary probe ever may become one of the heaviest space derelicts to ever fall back to Earth out of control, an unenviable record.
It is also the biggest, most complex interplanetary probe and the most expensive, too - $3.
NPO Energia is a world-class space organization whose accomplishments include the first satellite (Sputnik), the first person in space (Yuri Gagarin), the first interplanetary probe (Lunar-1), the first space station (Salyut-1) and today the world's only permanently-crewed space station, the MIR.
Prior to the development of wide-angle imaging of the inner heliosphere, signatures of such solar wind transients could only be observed within a few solar radii of the Sun, and in the vicinity of a few near-Earth and interplanetary probes making in-situ measurements of the solar wind.
Interplanetary probes, like the Curiosity rover, could be equipped with the compact sensors, which otherwise would require too much energy.
The sensors that help soldiers detect buried bombs in Afghanistan also have application in NASA interplanetary probes.
After 135 launches that have put in place much of the satellite infrastructure on which modern communications depend, as well launching several interplanetary probes, that image is set to be consigned to history.