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NASA lost contact with satellites after being out of Earth's orbit

(CNN)NASA lost contact with one of its satellites after leaving Earth's orbit on its way to the Moon.

The little CubeSat stopped communicating withDeep Space Networkon Tuesday. DSN is NASA's wireless antenna network that supports the missions of interplanetary spacecraft and the Earth in some orbits.
CubeSat is also known as Cislunar Autonomous Positioning System Technology Operations and Navigation Experiment,, CAPSTONE.
The CAPSTONE team is working to reestablish contacts and understand the cause of the problem.According to a NASA statement, they have solid orbital data from the first full ground station path and the second partial ground station path of the spacecraft's Deep Space Network, Said the agency in their release.

"If necessary, the mission has enough fuel to delay the orbital correction operation after the initial separation for several days," the agency said.

Leaving Earth's orbit

The satellite will leave Earth's orbit as planned on Monday, an important four-month journey to the Moon. Marked a milestone.

The rest of the trip depends on its own propulsion and the gravity of the sun. Gravity allows the CubeSat to use significantly less fuel to reach its destination.

On June 28, a mission mounted on Rocket Lab's Electron Rocket from Rocket Lab Launch Complex 1 on the Mahia Peninsula, New Zealand.

The goal of CubeSats is to get into a slender orbit. A nearly linear halo orbit around the moon for at least 6 months for research purposes.

Satellite orbits travel the spacecraft within 1,000 miles (1,609.3 kilometers) from one satellite pole and within 43,500 miles (70,006.5 kilometers) every seven days from the other pole on the closest path. To do. The

team wants the satellite to be able to maintain its orbit. This allows the agency to launch and place an outpost in a lunar orbit called thegateway. It will play an important role in theArtemis programby providing future spacecraft with an efficient route to the Moon.

In addition, small satellites also test their communication capabilities. This orbit provides a view of the Earth while covering the Moon's South Pole, where Astronaut Artemis is due to land in 2025.

CubeSat also communicates with NASA's orbiting lunar reconnaissance orbit. 13 years month. It acts as a reference point for the satellite, allowing scientists to measure the distance between two space objects and where CAPSTONE is in the sky.

Space enthusiasts can use NASA'sEyes on the Solar Systemto track satellite journeys.