Applause erupted in EPOXI Mission Control at JPL after the spacecraft transmitted close-up images of comet Hartley 2.


[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
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