Space Probes

Cassini Spacecraft Back in Operation

Article written: 24 Nov , 2010
Updated: 24 Dec , 2015
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Great news: the Cassini spacecraft resumed normal operations today, Nov. 24. NASA says all the science instruments have been turned back on, the spacecraft is properly configured. So, Cassini appears to be in good health, no worse for wear following a flipped bit in the command and data subsystem computer, which prevented the spacecraft from registering and following instructions. Mission managers expect to get a full stream of data during next week’s flyby of the Saturnian moon Enceladus, and beyond. (see our preview article of that flyby).


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  2. Nexus says

    Hooray! Go Cassini!

  3. sukhoi4700 says

    Our most beloved spacecraft is back!!! 🙂

  4. Jon Hanford says

    New Cassini observations show Rhea has an oxygen-carbon dioxide atmosphere: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-11834954

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