STARDUST Status Report
June 9, 2000
There were seven Deep Space Network
(DSN) tracking passes during the past week. All subsystems onboard the spacecraft
are performing normally. These DSN passes were used to obtain tracking data for the
Navigation Team to reconstruct Trajectory Correction Maneuver 3 (TCM 3) as well as
continue to study the small forces acting upon the STARDUST spacecraft when the
attitude jets fire.
During TCM 3, direct data paths from the nominal DSN tracking
stations to JPL were not operating properly; therefore STARDUST data
were routed through the Emergency Control Center (ECC) at Goldstone,
the first use of this new facility.
Five more Navigation Camera images were downlinked, bringing the
total number of images sent to the ground at approximately twenty-six
out of the 28.
Eight members of the STARDUST Project actively supported the JPL Open
House this past weekend, describing missions to small bodies to the public,
For more information on the STARDUST mission - the first ever
comet sample return mission - please visit the STARDUST home page: