The most recent spacecraft status is from the Deep Space Network (DSN) tracking pass on Thursday, 07/29, over the Canberra tracking station. The Cassini spacecraft is in an excellent state of health and is operating normally. The speed of the spacecraft can be viewed on the "Where is Cassini Now?" web page http://saturn.jpl.nasa.gov/mission/presentposition/
On Monday, 07/26, the Cosmic Dust Analyzer (CDA) instrument was powered off per plan.
On Wednesday, 07/28, Periodic Instrument Maintenance was completed.
Upcoming events for the period of 07/30 - 08/05 include:
Uplink Trajectory Correction Maneuver 11 (TCM-11) sequence products and perform Solid State Recorder (SSR) Pointer Reset on 08/01, TCM-11 execution, playback, and High Water Mark Clear on 08/02, and begin the 24 hour Visible and Infrared Mapping Spectrometer (VIMS) Decontamination exercise on 08/03.
Additional information about Cassini-Huygens is online at http://saturn.jpl.nasa.gov.
Cassini will begin orbiting Saturn on July 1, 2004, and release its piggybacked Huygens probe about six months later for descent through the thick atmosphere of the moon Titan. Cassini-Huygens is a cooperative mission of NASA, the European Space Agency and the Italian Space Agency. JPL, a division of the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, manages the mission for NASA's Office of Space Science, Washington, D.C.