Number 43, July 2007

July 19, 2007

Dear Colleagues,

        On Thursday evening, July 12, 2007, the excess friction problem on the
FUSE skew wheel returned. The wheel had at that time been operating perfectly
for several weeks.

        Since that time, we have been primarily concerned with the health and
safety of the spacecraft. We are currently assessing the anomaly and making
every reasonable attempt to recover motion in the errant wheel.

        Please note that the ROSES solicitation for the FUSE Legacy Science
Program (which replaces the previously planned Cycle 9) is proceeding as
planned at this time, but with its continued implementation contingent on the
successful recovery of the skew wheel.

        The FUSE Project


The Observer's Electronic Newsletter is published by the FUSE project and is aimed at the FUSE user community.

Editor: B-G Andersson, FUSE Guest Investigator Officer.

The FUSE Project is managed by the Johns Hopkins University's Center for Astrophysical Sciences in Baltimore, MD, for NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center. The FUSE Principal Investigator is Dr. Warren Moos, the FUSE Program Manager at JHU is Mr. Randy Ewing, and the NASA Project Scientist for FUSE is Dr. George Sonneborn.

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