STARDUST Status Report
March 17, 2000
There were two Deep Space Network
(DSN) tracking passes during the past week. All subsystems onboard the spacecraft
are performing normally. Recorded engineering and Navigation Camera images were played back.
The aerogel grid
was moved toward the open direction approximately 9
degrees. The grid position is adjusted every two weeks to keep the grid
perpendicular to the interstellar dust stream.
A Navigation Camera meeting was held to
discuss the next series of images to provide
additional data to monitor the flight performance of the Navigation Camera. Bright
star images and calibration lamp images will be taken, some viewing a star
through the periscope.
The science team members dealing with particles had a meeting at
NASA Ames Research Center
to discuss the curation plans of the returned particles
with Johnson Space Center,
where the particles will be stored.
For more information on the STARDUST mission - the first ever comet sample
return mission - please visit the STARDUST home page: