STARDUST Status Report
August 11, 2000
There were two Deep Space Network
(DSN) tracking passes during the past week. All subsystems onboard the spacecraft
are performing normally.
The Navigation Camera (NAVCAM) Charge Couple Device (CCD) heater test
will now proceed as planned. The NAVCAM designer had expressed concern
that the CCD could have incurred radiation damage during the large
solar flare on July 12, 2000. An image was taken on August 8, and the
results were assessed the next day. After considerable discussion, and
post-discussion analysis, it could not actually be determined if there
was a dark current increase. With that, there was still unanimous agreement
to proceed with the CCD Heater test. Comparisons with other CCD's,
particularly of Galileo and Cassini, were included in the assessment.
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comet sample return mission - please visit the STARDUST home page: