Cassini Significant Events 02/15/2012 – 02/21/2012


The most recent spacecraft tracking and telemetry data in this reporting period were acquired on Feb. 21 from the Canberra, Australia, Deep Space Network 70 meter Station 43. 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/.

The highlight for this week was the flyby of Saturn’s largest moon, Titan, on Sunday. Flyby altitude was 3,803 kilometers.

The week included four PIEs — Pre-Integrated Events. In the first two, the Imaging Science Subsystem (ISS) conducted Enceladus plume observations. In second pair, the Visual and Infrared Mapping Spectrometer (VIMS) observed two Saturn stellar occultations, acquiring spectral data while Cassini’s motion caused the distant stars to go behind Saturn’s upper atmosphere.

Full  Story: http://saturn.jpl.nasa.gov/news/significantevents/significantevents20120223/

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