- Press Release
- August 8, 2022
Stardust Status Report March 3, 2000
There were five Deep Space Network (DSN) tracking passes during the
past week. All subsystems onboard the spacecraft are performing normally.
Commands were successfully sent and executed to return the spacecraft to
All-Stellar mode and to power off the Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU).
The flight sequence SC015 command files were transmitted
to the spacecraft and began execution last Sunday.
The Aerogel Grid collection angle was successfully increased by 4.1
degrees towards the full open position. This was the first bi-weekly update
to the collection angle. The update is necessary to ensure the grid
remains perpendicular to the interstellar dust flow.
For more information on the STARDUST mission – the first ever
comet sample return mission – please visit the STARDUST home page: