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Stardust Return Capsule Timeline

All times are approximate

Eastern Standard Time
Date/Time (EST)
Event
Jan. 15, 12:57 a.m. Stardust spacecraft releases return capsule on a path towards Earth.
1:18 a.m. Stardust spacecraft fires thrusters to put in into orbit around sun.
4:57 a.m. Return capsule enters Earth atmosphere.
5 a.m. Return capsule's first parachute, or drogue, deploys.
5:05 a.m. Capsule's main parachute deploys.
5:12 a.m. Return capsule lands inside U.S. Air Force's Utah Test and Training Range.
approximately 5:22 a.m. Helicopter and crew land near return capsule.
approximately 7:20 a.m. Return capsule arrives by helicopter to temporary cleanroom at Michael Army Air Field


Mountain Standard Time
Date/Time (MST) Event
Jan. 14, 10:57 p.m. Stardust spacecraft releases return capsule on a path towards Earth.
11:18 p.m. Stardust spacecraft fires thrusters to put in into orbit around sun.
Jan. 15, 2:57 a.m. Return capsule enters Earth atmosphere.
3 a.m. Return capsule's first parachute, or drogue, deploys.
3:05 a.m. Capsule's main parachute deploys.
3:12 a.m. Return capsule lands inside U.S. Air Force's Utah Test and Training Range.
approximately 3:22 a.m. Helicopter and crew land near return capsule.
approximately 5:20 a.m. Return capsule arrives by helicopter to temporary cleanroom at Michael Army Air Field


Pacific Standard Time
Date/Time (PST) Event
Jan. 14, 9:57 p.m. Stardust spacecraft releases return capsule on a path towards Earth.
10:18 p.m. Stardust spacecraft fires thrusters to put in into orbit around sun.
Jan. 15, 1:57 a.m. Return capsule enters Earth atmosphere.
2 a.m. Return capsule's first parachute, or drogue, deploys.
2:05 a.m. Capsule's main parachute deploys.
2:12 a.m. Return capsule lands inside U.S. Air Force's Utah Test and Training Range.
approximately 2:22 a.m. Helicopter and crew land near return capsule.
approximately 4:20 a.m. Return capsule arrives by helicopter to temporary cleanroom at Michael Army Air Field


UTC
Date/Time (UTC) Event
Jan. 15, 5:57 a.m. Stardust spacecraft releases return capsule on a path towards Earth.
6:18 a.m. Stardust spacecraft fires thrusters to put in into orbit around sun.
9:57 a.m. Return capsule enters Earth atmosphere.
10 a.m. Return capsule's first parachute, or drogue, deploys.
10:05 a.m. Capsule's main parachute deploys.
10:12 a.m. Return capsule lands inside U.S. Air Force's Utah Test and Training Range.
approximately 10:22 a.m. Helicopter and crew land near return capsule.
approximately 12:20 p.m. Return capsule arrives by helicopter to temporary cleanroom at Michael Army Air Field

 

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