Cassini Significant Event Report
For Week Ending 09/14/01
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
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.
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.