Huygens Third Checkout 22 December 1998
20 December 1998The next checkout of the ESA Huygens Probe is scheduled to take place early tomorrow morning, 22 December. It lasts four hours and will be completed at 02:35 UTC.The data produced will be stored on board Cassini and transmitted back to Earth on 28 December.
The Huygens Flight Operations Team at the Agency's Operations Centre at ESOC in Darmstadt and the scientific experimenters will then analyse the data. A preliminary assessment of the status of the Probe and Instruments will be published on 30 December (see link).
This is the first time that Cassini's 4 m high-gain antenna will be used to transmit data back to Earth.