Genesis Status Report
24 Jan 2003
(Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory)
Genesis Mission Status Update
January 24, 2003
The Genesis spacecraft continues to operate in good health, collecting samples of the solar wind.
The flight team is preparing for the spacecraft's next stationkeeping maneuver, scheduled for Feb. 6. These maneuvers fine-tune the orbit Genesis is traveling around the L1 point. The upcoming one is being designed to accelerate the spacecraft by about 1.2 meters per second (3.9 feet per second) in a direction about 24 degrees off a line toward the Sun.
Plans are nearly final for a performance test of the rejection grid on the sample concentrator. The test is planned for Jan. 28.
The Genesis team was saddened this week by news of the death of Vern Lunsford in an avalanche in British Columbia, Canada. He was an engineer at Lockheed Martin Astronautics who designed many mechanisms on the spacecraft's sample-return capsule.