How did they align the orientation of probe B?

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Cristian Vladescu

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How did they align the orientation of probe B?
« on: 08/09/2011 23:30:04 »
Cristian Vladescu  asked the Naked Scientists:
   Hello,

I would like to ask something about Probe B that Ms. Carolin Crawford talked about in the last show.

When NASA launch into orbit Probe B, they probably gave it a rotation on it's own axis against the rotation of the orbit around the Earth, so that the telescope and gyroscope on board would point to a fix point in the sky. How they did that with such a high precision that the satellite wouldn't lose it's orientation over long period of time ? Or did they made small in orbit adjustments from time to time? But wouldn't that affect the result of the experiment?

Thank you!
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