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I Found this messages in Remote Sensing forum , a sad news actually, check this out :

Subject: ALOS termination

Dear ALOS researchers,

April 27 2011

It is regrettable for us to inform you that the Advanced Land Observing Satellite (ALOS) has been terminated on April 23 due to malfunctioning the solar power generation.

At around 7:30 a.m. April 22 (JST, last Friday morning) we found that ALOS was moved into the low power consumption mode, which is the satellite safe mode to minimize the consumption power for surviving. This mode did not allow the ALOS Earth observation. Although we tried to recover the satellite from this mode, we currently do not confirm the good sign from the satellite (low power generation and no signal from ALOS). We will continue to send commands to activate ALOS and monitor if any reaction from the satellite for more days. However, there would be little possibility of recovery.

After ALOS was launched on January 24, 2006, it has been operated for 5 years and 3 months, which exceeds the design life of three years. During this, we have conducted the science programs with all the principal investigators of ALOS research announcements, Cal/Val and science teams, Kyoto and Carbon Initiatives, etc. We successfully held four ALOS Science workshops at the different places and achieved a lot of researches.

We believe that the ALOS has been playing important roles in the international community in many application fields. Although new data will not be available, we hope that the data already acquired may contribute to earth science research and to promote earth observation practically and internationally. At this time, we would like to express our sincere thanks to your collaborations.

We will continue to investigate the cause of this disaster and take necessary measures to the future satellites, as well as to make best efforts for the acceleration of ALOS-2 launch. We would like to keep our good partnership with you in earth observation fields.

We will return with the ALOS-2/PALSAR-2 SOON in 2013.

really sad news  :huh:

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