28 Feb 2003
(Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory)
Genesis Mission Status Update
February 28, 2003
Having passed mission midpoint the previous week, the Genesis spacecraft continues to operate in overall good health as it soldiers on collecting solar wind material expelled from the Sun.
Telemetry from the Genesis spacecraft indicates that it is spinning at a rate of 1.598 rotations per minute. The spacecraft's space age "gas gauge" indicates propellant usage averages out to 1.75 grams (0.0617284 ounces) of hydrazine a day.
Genesis Vital Statistics:
-- 568 days since launch.
-- 401 days to planned completion of solar particle collection.
-- 559 days to Genesis return to Earth.