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Have we permanently lost contact with ASTERIA?

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On 2017-11-20, NASA's Arcsecond Space Telescope Enabling Research in Astrophysics (ASTERIA) cubesat was first deployed from the International Space Station for its 90-day mission. Over the following two years, its mission was extended as its performance continued nominally.

That ended when NASA lost contact with ASTERIA on 2019-12-05. In a statement on 2020-01-03, NASA announced that it expected to continue attempting to reconnect with the cubesat into March. Will all further attempts to reestablish communications with ASTERIA prior to 2020-03-31 fail?

Noting that NASA didn't release the information about losing contact with ASTERIA until nearly a month later, this question will resolve positively if no reports of contact with ASTERIA between 2019-12-06 and 2020-03-31 (inclusive) can be found by 2020-05-31.

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