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Stardust-NExT, Revisiting Tempel 1
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post Feb 15 2011, 05:45 AM
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Nicely done Doug!

Fun to watch simulation on 'Eyes on the Solar System'.

Comet encounters so exciting... dust impacts galore.... can't wait for images.

Have to nap for a few hours.... get up at 3:00am Eastern to see the fave five images and then out the door for work at 5:30am...

NASA TV boring!? At least we have coverage! I applaud them.

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post Feb 15 2011, 05:48 AM
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3 Ice Tea bottles of fuel, haha! I was wondering how much they'd have left.
Another layman's unit of measure!

EDIT: Prop on someone's desk too!
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post Feb 15 2011, 05:56 AM
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Hey, it's the boss! smile.gif

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post Feb 15 2011, 06:11 AM
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Yeah, demo II was terrific. Now, I know how to drive this thing. biggrin.gif I might even have to watch some of those demos on the home page.


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post Feb 15 2011, 06:17 AM
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Canberra DSN did a great job today. Two antennas on point for the encounter and a very tired but happy team smile.gif
Here's a pic of DSS43 in action from just a few minutes ago. http://twitpic.com/400llt
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post Feb 15 2011, 06:28 AM
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Stardust seems very low on the horizon, indeed!


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post Feb 15 2011, 06:33 AM
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Yep, we've been tracking all day, so a full horizon to horizon arc.
We'll be handing over to the Madrid DSN shortly.
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post Feb 15 2011, 07:07 AM
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Astro0, we don't say it enough: many many thanks to everyone at the DSN for making sure of the safe arrival of our precious data on Earth!


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post Feb 15 2011, 07:51 AM
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In relation to my question, I wasn't curious if the comet would be centered or if we knew the orbit, I was curious how well the orientation of the comet would appear in actuality versus what was seen in the simulation (was it set up to look the same/similar as what will be seen in the images).
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post Feb 15 2011, 07:59 AM
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Mr. Ellison, that was a great presentation!
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post Feb 15 2011, 08:02 AM
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We have a predicted trajectory for both spacecraft and comet - and then just like the spacecraft itself, Jon (lead dev for EotSS) programmed autonav - the spacecraft rotated and the mirror tracked to keep the comet in the middle of the field of view.

And as for geometry/lighting etc - we did our best to match this : http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-GgFZHEkOXh4/TVk-...0/planned_1.jpg : and I think we did quite well. There's an adjustment we've made here to the timing (15 seconds early) - so the 5 images will be more like -21sec to +51sec rather than centered on C/A

And thanks for the kudos guys - a lot of fun tonight, and it seems like the technology for EotSS, and our faithful old spacecraft...has held up.

We're in for a slightly longer wait for the images, but hopefully it'll be worth it.
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post Feb 15 2011, 08:08 AM
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QUOTE (JohnVV @ Feb 14 2011, 04:41 PM) *
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It's not. It's Mac or PC. I'm sorry it doesn't work for Linux, but that's just a symptom of the Unity plugin not being available for Linux. For 0.3% of the audience, I can understand their reluctance to develop one.


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post Feb 15 2011, 08:52 AM
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Whats going on? lots of people around monitors.....my sound has gone off on the NASA feed
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post Feb 15 2011, 09:15 AM
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First images! Tiny ones, so far. ~2,500km away.
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post Feb 15 2011, 09:19 AM
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First taken, rather then 'planned five'.
Unknown why this happened.
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