The Shuttle Radar Topography Mission’s mapping operation continues to run smoothly, with about 17.7 million square miles of the Earth’s surface having been mapped by 7 p.m. Central time. Scientists also reported that 38 percent of landmasses had been mapped thus far in the flight. Despite a problem with a small nitrogen thruster on the end of the 200-foot-long mast, both the C-band and X-band radars continue to perform as expected, and the thruster problem has had no impact on mapping operations.
“We are starting to see the first ‘quick look’ results from the X-band and C-band antennas and the details are fantastic,” said Dr. Michael Kobrick, SRTM project scientist. “Even in this lower resolution, quick-look results, we can see many topographic features that were completely invisible in the best maps we have today.”
Two members of the Blue Team
– Dom Gorie and Mamoru Mohri – spent a few
Endeavour’s crew and
flight controllers continue troubleshooting a problem with a
As the Blue Team wrapped up
its third day in space, the Red Team of Kevin
Controllers also did some troubleshooting on one of the on-board cameras after Gorie reported the system that records the time at which images are taken was not working. Controllers suspect that the batteries were weakened due to the delay in launching Endeavour. The weak batteries should have no impact on the use of the camera to support NASA’s Earth observation program.
After yesterday’s repositioning
of a camera bracket on the flight deck, EarthKAM
operations continue nominally. As of late this afternoon, some 355 images
downlinked from the EarthKAM. This NASA program allows students to use
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