- Press Release
- August 7, 2022
Stardust Status Report 25 May 2001
The Stardust spacecraft continues to operate in excellent condition.
A project-wide workshop was held to review the entire Comet Wild 2 encounter
plan, which was developed before launch, and to update this plan based upon
the current understanding of the spacecraft, payload instruments, ground
system, Deep Space Network and operations team actual flight
performances. The participants included the Principal Investigator and
most Co-Investigators, the Flight Team at Lockheed Martin Astronautics and
the Management and Operations Team at JPL. Also included in the
discussions were the testing and review of the updated encounter plan,
including possibly using the Asteroid 5535 Annefrank close flyby opportunity.
For more information on the Stardust mission – the first ever comet
sample return mission – please visit the Stardust home page: