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I Controls the Spacecraft. [20120313|13:42]
Mad Scientess Jane Expat
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I had one of those "Wow, I did that!" moments today.

My manager sent round a link to a beta version of a tool on the NASA-JPL web site called Eyes on the Solar System which, among other things, lets you visualize the movement of a spacecraft as it orbits a planet. Of course, I had to have a look at a Cassini manoeuvre. I picked one of the first calibration rolls that I ever designed, which took place on 4 December 2008.

Watching it made me go a bit teary-eyed. I helped make that happen, on a spacecraft orbiting a planet over a billion kilometres away. Wow.

Watch it here. The roll period starts at about 4 AM.
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[User Picture]From: flexagain
2012-03-13 14:35 (UTC)
Hmm, you've got me wondering if I can come up with something on Cluster that would require them to move the spacecraft!

Given that on all of the spacecraft there's now significantly less than 10kg of fuel left, from over 500kg originally, I suspect there's little chance of me succeeding!
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[User Picture]From: cosmiccircus
2012-03-14 05:07 (UTC)
That was very cool!
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