- Press Release
- Nov 29, 2022
Stardust Status Report July 5, 2002
There was one Deep Space Network (DSN) tracking pass this past week on
Friday, June 28, and all subsystems are performing normally.
Work continues on the Comet Wild 2 encounter Fault Tree analysis in
preparations for the Critical Event Readiness Review (CERR).
A Camera Mirror rate rotation test has been developed, and will be
run on the spacecraft this month. During the Comet Wild 2
flyby the mirror will be commanded at very slow rates during the
early portion of the nucleus tracking.
The re-scheduled Contour launch, successfully on its way Tuesday
night, will usurp the STARDUST DSN track on Saturday, July 6. The
missing data will be re-transmitted during the Tuesday, July 9 DSN
track. The STARDUST team welcomes the new Discovery mission to
For more information on the Stardust mission — the first ever comet sample
return mission — please visit the Stardust home page: