STARDUST Status Report
April 7, 2000
There were two Deep Space Network
(DSN) tracking passes during the past week. All subsystems onboard the
spacecraft are performing normally. Interstellar dust collection continues.
A sequence of 30 Navigation Camera
images has been identified, including bright stars seen using the mirror and
through periscope and using the mirror only as well as images with the calibration
lamp on. Multiple exposures through multiple filters will be taken with
only the central 350 x 350 pixels of the 1024 x 1024 image being
transmitted to earth to reduce downlink time. These images will be
taken after Trajectory Correction Maneuver #3 (TCM-3).
The project is preparing for the NASA Discovery Program
retreat next week that will include all past and current Discovery projects.
For more information on the STARDUST mission - the first ever
comet sample return mission - please visit the STARDUST home page: