Extropic Art Manifesto to Saturn & Press Release

Natasha Vita-More (natasha@natasha.cc)
Wed, 30 Dec 1998 17:51:36 -0600

I have now passed the 100 marker of new people who have contacted me and asked me to add their name to the Extropic Art Manifesto.

People with whom I have communicated with have read both the Transhumanist Art Statement 2.0 and the Extropic Art Manifesto and support both statements.

"We are transhumans ... " and excerpts from the Manifesto are continuing on
their way to Saturn on board the Cassini spacecraft. This is the first time these words are traveling across our Solar System. http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/cassini/today

Where is Cassini Now?

These images show SIMULATED views of and from the Cassini spacecraft. The upper left view shows Cassini on its trajectory to Saturn, as well as its speed with respect to the Sun and the distance it has travelled since launch. The upper right view shows the view to Earth from Cassini. The lower left view shows the view to the next body Cassini will encounter, and the lower right view shows the view to Saturn, Cassini's final destination. Click on an image to see a full-screen view. These images are updated every few hours.

Cassini Significant Events for 12/24/98 - 12/29/98

Spacecraft Status:

The most recent spacecraft status is from the DSN tracking pass on Tuesday, 12/29, over the Goldstone tracking station. The Cassini spacecraft is in an excellent state of health and is executing the Cruise 11 sequence normally. The speed of the spacecraft can be viewed on the "Where is Cassini Now?" web page (http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/cassini/today/).

Spacecraft Activity Summary:

On Thursday, 12/24, the Probe Support Avionics (PSA) prime status was reset. This activity follows each Probe Checkout (PCO).

On Sunday, 12/27, Instrument Checkout (ICO) began. The first ICO activities involved the successful maneuver of the Spacecraft to a High Gain Antenna (HGA) to Earth point attitude. Once two-way communications was established using the HGA, the Probe data from PCO #3 that was stored on the SSR was played back, and a realtime command to clear the AACS High Watermarks was uplinked to the spacecraft.

On Monday, 12/28, the Radio Science Subsystem (RSS) began ICO activities with Ultra Stable Oscillator Test #1. The test was extremely successful and was the first time ever for three frequencies (S-Band, X-Band, and Ka-Band) to be simultaneously downlinked from a single spacecraft and recorded on the ground.

On Tuesday, 12/29, RSS performed its second test, a repeat of USO test #1 but without Ka-band transmission.

Upcoming events:

The events planned for the next reporting period consist primarily of a continuation of the ICO activities. RPWS, MAG, CDA, MIMI, CAPS, INMS, UVIS, and continued RSS tests are the principal participants.

Natasha Vita-More: http://www.natasha.cc Transhumanist Art Centre - Home of Extropic Art: http://www.extropic-art.com **NEW** Transhuman Culture InfoMark: http://www.transhuman.org PRESS RELEASE: "We are transhumans ..." Meme Orbits Saturn in 2004!

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