Genesis Mission Status
18 Feb 2003
(Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory)
Genesis Mission Status Update
February 18, 2003
The Genesis spacecraft continues its mission collecting solar wind material expelled from the Sun. Telemetry from the Genesis spacecraft indicates that it is spinning at a rate of 1.602 rotations per minute and in overall good health.
A review of the Sample Return Capsule Avionics Unit was held on Monday, Feb. 10. Among the items addressed during the meeting, the Genesis team established 80 degrees Celsius as the "flight allowable temperature" for Sample Return Capsule Avionics Unit. Essentially, they established 80 degrees Celsius as a tripwire for the Sample Return Capsule Avionics Unit. If the avionics unit reaches this temperature mark, the Genesis team is notified.
Genesis performed a stationkeeping maneuver this past Feb. 4. The maneuver, or burn, tweaked the spacecraft's trajectory around the Lagrange 1 point of gravitational stability between Earth and the Sun. The burn employed the spacecraft's small hydrazine thrusters. Telemetry indicates there was a very slight underburn but that the maneuver resulted in the desired change in trajectory.
Genesis Vital Statistics:
-- 559 days since launch.
-- 410 days to planned completion of solar particle collection.
-- 568 days to Genesis return to Earth.