Genesis Hits Halfway Mark
24 Feb 2003
(Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory)
Genesis Mission Status Update
February 24, 2003
Genesis has passed the midpoint of its record setting solar sample return mission. As of today, the Genesis spacecraft has logged 565 days in space and has only 562 days remaining until Earth return. Passing through this milestone, Genesis continues to operate in overall good health as its continues it mission collecting solar wind material expelled from the Sun.
Telemetry from the Genesis spacecraft indicates that it is spinning at a rate of 1.600 rotations per minute. The spacecraft's space age gas gauge indicates propellant usage totals are 16.41 kilograms (36.17 pounds).
Genesis Vital Statistics:
565 days since launch.
404 days to planned completion of solar particle collection.
562 days to Genesis return to Earth.