Status Report

NASA Cassini Significant Events for 10/02/03 – 10/08/03

By SpaceRef Editor
October 10, 2003
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NASA Cassini Significant Events for 10/02/03 – 10/08/03
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The most recent spacecraft telemetry was acquired from the tracking
station on Monday, October 6. The Cassini spacecraft is in an excellent
state of health and is operating normally. Information on the present
position and speed of the Cassini spacecraft may be found on the
“Present Position” web page located at
http://saturn.jpl.nasa.gov/operations/present-position.cfm .

Imaging Science Subsystem, Ultraviolet Imaging Spectrograph (UVIS), and
Visual and Infrared Mapping Spectrometer (VIMS) participated in
observations of several stars for instrument calibration purposes. In
addition UVIS and VIMS performed a solar port calibration. In
preparation for next week’s activities, RADAR instrument expanded block
trigger commands and commands to reroute REU data were uplinked to the
spacecraft, and Radio Science Subsystem (RSS) performed quiet test #2.

As part of the Ka-band Translator (KaT) recovery efforts, and at the
recommendation of members of the Radio Science Team, the KaT was turned
off via a real-time command for an undetermined number of days during
the Quiet Test.

Preliminary and official port 3 deliveries were completed as part of the
cruise C42 science planning team process.

All teams and offices presented at the two-day Approach Science / Tour
operations readiness review that was conducted this week. The review
board members were highly complimentary of the volume of work that has
been completed and the state of readiness that the Cassini team has
achieved.

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.