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The joint American and French Topex/Poseidon oceanography satellite ceased
operations after nearly 62,000 orbits of Earth. The mission revolutionized
the study of Earth's oceans and helped in hurricane and El Nino/La Nina
TOPEX/Poseidon Final Status Report 18 January 2006

"This morning, at 9:41 am PST the TOPEX/Poseidon spacecraft mission was
terminated. A series of command files was transmitted to the satellite to
power off components, sensors, and heaters; close the propulsion system
latch valves; remove (2 of the 3) batteries from the charge circuit;
and, finally, turn off the telemetry transmitters."
I'll try and give it a wave when I can smile.gif

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