Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Orbiter Out of Precautionary 'Safe Mode'

Odyssey resumed pointing downward toward Mars on Saturday, June 16, leaving the Earth-pointed “safe mode” status that was triggered when one of its three primary reaction wheels stuck for a few minutes on June 8, Universal Time (June 7, Pacific Time). Mission controllers put the orbiter’s spare reaction wheel into use in control of Odyssey’s orientation while pointed downward, or nadir.