Cassini Significant Event Report
For Week Ending 02/12/99
The most recent spacecraft status is from the DSN tracking pass on
Thursday, 02/11, over the Goldstone tracking station. The Cassini
spacecraft is in an excellent state of health and is operating nominally. The speed of the spacecraft can be viewed on the "Where is Cassini Now?" web page (http://saturn.jpl.nasa.gov/operations/present-position.cfm)
Spacecraft Activity Summary:
On Friday, 02/05, the VIMS High Level Decontamination Heaters were turned
off as part of nominal procedures following a TCM (Trajectory Correction
Maneuver) and the downlink data rate was returned to 40 bps.
On Tuesday, 02/09, an SSR Pointer Reset was performed.
Activities scheduled for the week of 02/12-02/18 include: an SSR Pointer
Reset on 02/16 and Flight Software Partition Maintenance on 02/17. Ranging
only passes occur on 02/14 and 02/18.
Additional information about Cassini-Huygens is online at http://saturn.jpl.nasa.gov.
Cassini will begin orbiting Saturn on July 1, 2004, and release its piggybacked Huygens probe about six months later for descent through the thick atmosphere of the moon Titan. Cassini-Huygens is a cooperative mission of NASA, the European Space Agency and the Italian Space Agency. JPL, a division of the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, manages the mission for NASA's Office of Space Science, Washington, D.C.