Cassini Lead Propulsion Engineer (bio)
Hello from the “flip” side of Enceladus! I’m happy to report via this blog that the Deep Space Network in
We’ve executed yet another successful flyby of Saturn’s ice-geyser moon! Playback data has just begun streaming to our breathless scientists and engineers at JPL, and it will continue throughout the evening and into tomorrow morning. With the rest of you, I’m pumped up for the raw (unprocessed) images that will be posted Tuesday morning, Pacific Time. For the latest raw images, check here:
Cassini engineering may pay my bills, but Cassini science sparks my passions.
A few engineers are still here, working away this evening, making sure the spacecraft came through its scientific marathon unscathed. I can’t speak for all these engineers, but I can tell you the propulsion subsystem is healthy and is ready for yet another Reaction Wheel Assembly (RWA) bias after midnight PDT. Thankfully, this activity is fairly commonplace, so long before then I plan to be celebrating another engineering success with some Olympics viewing, perhaps an appropriate beverage, and an indefatigable smile. It’s been a long day but oh so tremendous! Now let the flood of Enceladus science data commence!