Mars Global Surveyor Status Report 9 Oct 2002

Status Report From: Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Posted: Wednesday, October 9, 2002

  • Launch / Days since Launch = Nov. 7, 1996 / 2163 days
  • Start of Mapping / Days since Start of Mapping = April 1, 1999 / 1288 days
  • Total Mapping Orbits = 16,036
  • Total Orbits = 17,719

Recent Events:

Background Sequences - The spacecraft is operating nominally in performing the beta-supplement daily recording and transmission of science data. The mm215 sequence executed successfully from 02-276 (10/03/02) through 02-278 (10/05/02). The mm216 sequence has performed well since it started on 02-279 (10/06/02). It terminates on 02-282 (10/09/02). The mm217 sequence, successfully uplinked on 02-281 (10/08/02), begins executing near the end of day on 02-282 10/09/02).

Other - Fifteen Roll Only Targeted Observations (ROTOs) were performed successfully by the mz206 & mz207 minisequences. MGS has completed 337 ROTOs to date.

Spacecraft Health:

Spacecraft subsystems report good health and status.


There have been 13 uplinks to the spacecraft during the past week, including new star catalog and ephemeris files, instrument command loads, the mz207 & mz208 ROTO mini-sequences, and the mm216 & mm217 background sequences. 7,090 command files have been radiated to the spacecraft since launch.

Upcoming Events:

ROTOs are planned for next week in the mz208 & mz209 mini-sequences.

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