National Aeronautics and Space Administration Logo
Follow this link to skip to the main content NASA Banner
Solar System Exploration
News & Events
Genesis Mission Status
Genesis Mission Status
18 Feb 2003
(Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory)

http://www.genesismission.org/mission/statusupdate.html

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.

News Archive Search  Go!
Show  results per page
 
 
Awards and Recognition   Solar System Exploration Roadmap   Contact Us   Site Map   Print This Page
NASA Official: Kristen Erickson
Advisory: Dr. James Green, Director of Planetary Science
Outreach Manager: Alice Wessen
Curator/Editor: Phil Davis
Science Writer: Autumn Burdick
Producer: Greg Baerg
Webmaster: David Martin
> NASA Science Mission Directorate
> Budgets, Strategic Plans and Accountability Reports
> Equal Employment Opportunity Data
   Posted Pursuant to the No Fear Act
> Information-Dissemination Policies and Inventories
> Freedom of Information Act
> Privacy Policy & Important Notices
> Inspector General Hotline
> Office of the Inspector General
> NASA Communications Policy
> USA.gov
> ExpectMore.gov
> NASA Advisory Council
> Open Government at NASA
Last Updated: 25 Feb 2003