Applause erupted in EPOXI Mission Control at JPL after the spacecraft transmitted close-up images of comet Hartley 2.
Transcript:[00:00:08]Rich Reiber: About 30 minutes ago, we began routing images to a software suite onboard the spacecraft called AutoNav.
[00:00:13]AutoNav analyzes these images and determines where the nucleus is and then feeds this data to the attitude control system,
[00:00:20]which in turn points the spacecraft so the nucleus is in the field of view of the cameras.
[00:00:27]All right, our first image from closest approach has been saved to our file system.
[00:00:31]You can see we're all staring at the screen waiting for our software to pick up that image and display it. We're all here in anticipation.
[00:00:38]Michael A'Hearn (through ear mic to mission team) -- the left screen flashes red, and the next images should be the high resolution.
[00:00:52](oohs and ahhs from mission team, clapping)
[00:01:01]A'Hearn (through ear mic) -- Congratulations on a fantastic flyby. Good job everybody.
[00:01:21]NASA, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology