Status Report

Stardust Status Report 15 June 2001

By SpaceRef Editor
June 15, 2001
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The Stardust spacecraft is in excellent health. There was one Deep Space Network
tracking pass this past week and all subsystems are performing normally.

The Navigation Camera and the Cometary and Interstellar Dust Analyzer (CIDA)
continue to provide excellent observations of their targets. CIDA continues
to observe the interstellar dust stream with an optimal spacecraft attitude
when not in communication with Earth.

The Comet Wild 2 encounter background star images were downlinked and are being
analyzed for geometric accuracy and stray light. At this distance from the
Sun and at this attitude, no stray light is expected in the short exposures
used for Comet Wild 2 flyby. A final non-contaminated image will be taken in
early July, ending the navigation camera’s characterization. The camera’s
performance is excellent.

A flight software patch to increase the message queue size for the science
instrument software was successfully installed on the spacecraft.

For more information on the Stardust mission — the first ever comet sample
return mission — please visit the Stardust home page:

SpaceRef staff editor.