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Hubble Continues Comet Hyakutake Observations

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Excerpts from the Hubble Space Telescope Daily Report for April 2, 1996.

HUBBLE SPACE TELESCOPE
DAILY REPORT #1603

PERIOD COVERED: 0000Z (UTC) 04/01/96 - 0000Z (UTC) 04/02/96

Daily Status Report as of 093/0000Z

1.0 ACTIVITIES SCHEDULED AND ACCOMPLISHED:

1.2 Completed WF/PC-2/FOS/BL 6679 (HST Investigation of a Bright New Comet)

Both the WF/PC-2 and the Faint Object Spectrograph (Blue Side) were used to make observations of the bright new comet Hyakutake (aka, The Great Comet of 1996). The images will yield information of the nuclear size and coma near the nucleus. Among the goals are the abundance determination of volatile components, and the search for previously undetected species. A dark calibration image was also taken. The observations were completed as planned, and no anomalies were noted.

1.7 Completed WF/PC-2/FOS/RD 6613 (The Origin of C_2 in Comets)

The WF-PC-2 and the Faint Object Spectrograph (Red Side) was used to make spectrographic observations of the new comet Hyakutake in order to study the origin of C-2 within the comet. One of the acquisitions for this proposal, at 092/2332Z, failed to fine lock backup on FGS-2 only. HSTAR 5558 was written. The observations were executed as scheduled, and no anomalies were noted.

 
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