Status Report

Cassini Weekly Significant Events for 09/06/01 – 09/12/01

By SpaceRef Editor
September 15, 2001
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The most recent spacecraft telemetry was acquired from the Goldstone
tracking station on Saturday, September 8. The Cassini spacecraft is in an
excellent state of health and is operating normally. Information on the
spacecraft’s position and speed can be viewed on the “Present Position”
web page, http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/cassini/english/where/ .

The next scheduled tracking pass is Friday, September 14. The rather long
gap between passes is indicative of the fact that Cassini is now in a quiescent
cruise phase, and was not influenced by the other events of the week.

Recent spacecraft activities include initiation of the C28 sequence on
board the spacecraft, the beginning of a detailed solar wind study by the
Cassini Plasma Spectrometer, and a Radio and Plasma Wave Science High
Frequency Receiver calibration. Real-time commands were uplinked to the
spacecraft to power off the Visual and Infrared Mapping Spectrometer and
turn on the replacement and remote sensing pallet heaters.

Cassini is a cooperative project of NASA, the European Space Agency and
the Italian Space Agency. The Jet Propulsion Laboratory, a division of the
California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, Calif., manages the Cassini
mission for NASA’s Office of Space Science, Washington, D.C.

SpaceRef staff editor.