Genesis Mission Status Update
22 Oct 2001
(Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory)
Preparations have begun for inserting the spacecraft into orbit about the first Lagrangian point, L1, which will occur on November 16, 2001. The backshell of the sample return capsule, still in the "cracked open" position, will be closed completely in preparation for orbit insertion on November 13. Science will be paused on November 15 and then restarted on November 19.
Recent activities on the spacecraft include continuing to check out the science instruments and the WIND algorithm, which will be used to automatically determine the type of solar wind that is passing by the spacecraft, then extend or stow the appropriate solar wind collector arrays to catch particles in the wind.
A solar shock and coronal mass ejection reached the spacecraft about 16:30 Universal time on October 21. There was a slight noise increase in the electron monitor when the shock came through. LANL reports, "Everything looks hunky-dory."