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Adding “missed” science to Cassini’s ops plan

Show simple item record Roy, Mou Burton, Marcia E. Edgington, Scott Pitesky, Jo E. Steadman, Kimberly B. Ray, Trina L. Evans, Mike 2016-06-06T19:11:09Z 2016-06-06T19:11:09Z 2014-05-05
dc.identifier.citation SpaceOps 2014 13th International Conference on Space Operations, Pasadena, California, May 5-9, 2014 en_US
dc.identifier.clearanceno 14-1393
dc.description.abstract The phenomenal success of the Cassini Mission at Saturn is largely due to flagship instruments, in a target rich environment, for a long period of time, executing almost error free complex mission operations. A smooth transition from cruise operations through the prime science mission and extended science (Equinox) mission culminating in the currently executing Solstice mission has folded in necessary procedural alterations due to improved understanding of the spacecraft, instruments, uplink and planning systems as well as additional science objectives. These have come with the maturation of the mission along with management of workforce reductions. One important set of operational changes has been initiated due to scientific findings highlighting “missed” science opportunities. This is the case for the Titan Meteorology Campaigns and Saturn Storm Watch Campaigns. These observations involve long term monitoring of the atmospheres of Titan and Saturn while the spacecraft and science teams are focused on other high priority targets of opportunity (like Enceladus). Our objective in this paper is to emphasize how a non-invasive strategy to get additional remarkable science was conceived and implemented in a mission with an already well defined operational plan. To illustrate this we will detail Titan Meteorology Campaign and Saturn Storm Watch Campaign integration and implementation strategies as well as the scientific goals and achievements of both. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship NASA/JPL en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher Pasadena, CA : Jet Propulsion Laboratory, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, 2014 en_US
dc.title Adding “missed” science to Cassini’s ops plan en_US
dc.type Preprint en_US

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