Thursday, July 22, 2004

First TES data!

When I got in this morning, I learned we have data from the TES instrument. As I mentioned to Joy, I feel great satisfaction getting this stream of ones and zeros from space.

Andy had set up a mail filter to send a text message to his phone every time we get data. It started going off at 4 in the morning as the guys on the East Coast started catching up on some non-instrument data. We didn't know exactly when the commands would be loaded on the instrument, so he had to keep checking.

The actual TES data came through about the same time as the morning Ground System conference call. He had the pleasure of being able to announce that the data was processed moments after someone predicted it would take 3 hours for the data to arrive. Total turnaround time from command execution to fully processed was less than 45 minutes.

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