Cassini Significant Events 02/08/2012 – 02/14/2012


The most recent spacecraft tracking and telemetry data in this reporting period were acquired on Feb. 14 from the Deep Space Network 34 meter Station 55 in Madrid, Spain. The Cassini spacecraft is in an excellent state of health. All subsystems are operating normally except for the issues being worked with the Cassini Plasma Spectrometer and the Ultrastable Oscillator. Information on the present position of the Cassini spacecraft may be found on the “Present Position” page at:http://saturn.jpl.nasa.gov/mission/presentposition/.

This week the Cassini science instruments made several observations called TEAs – Titan Exploration from Apoapsis. This campaign makes frequent distant observations over periods of days to weeks under illumination at low to moderate phase angles. Rain clouds are infrequent on Titan, so TEA observations provide a good chance to document coincident atmospheric and surface changes. The Imaging Science Subsystem (ISS), the Composite Infrared Spectrometer (CIRS), and the Visual and Infrared Mapping Spectrometer (VIMS) participate in TEAs.

The ISS team performed another observation in its Satellite Orbit Campaign, observing several small inner moons, and the VIMS team conducted several observations in the Saturn Storm Watch series and the Titan Monitoring Campaign.

Full Story: http://saturn.jpl.nasa.gov/news/significantevents/significantevents20120216/

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