25 Apr 2003
(Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory)
http://www.genesismission.org/mission/statusupdate.html Genesis Mission Status Update April 25, 2003
The Genesis spacecraft continues its mission collecting solar wind material expelled from the Sun. Telemetry from the Genesis spacecraft indicates the spacecraft is in overall good health and as of the morning of April 25, the spacecraft was about 1.371 million kilometers (.852 million miles) from Earth.
Recent solar activity has called for the "high solar speed" collector array to be deployed 100% of the time. There are three collector arrays aboard Genesis that are exposed to, or hidden from, the solar wind. One collector array for each of the three solar wind regimes. Which collector array is exposed is determined by the data received by sensitive ion and electron monitors located on the spacecraft's equipment deck. These monitors scrutinize the solar wind passing by the spacecraft and relay this information to the onboard computer, which in turn commands the collector arrays to deploy and retract as needed.
Genesis Vital Statistics:
- 626 days since launch.
- 344 days to planned completion of solar particle collection.
- 501 days to Genesis return to Earth.