Stardust Status Report
August 31, 2001
There was a single two-station overlapping Deep Space Network (DSN)
tracking pass in the past week, on Wednesday, August 29. Four star camera and two
Navigation Camera images were taken. The star camera images are taken
periodically to monitor the image quality, and images taken so far have
shown no degradation in quality. The two Navigation Camera images were also for
quality and performance checks. The second half of the track was over Deep
Space Station 43 in Canberra, Australia, allowing a higher downlink rate.
All the images have been transmitted to the ground and await analysis.
A flight software patch was also uplinked during Wednesday's track, to
correct a potential (but very remote) star camera software array
out-of-bounds concern. This patch will ensure that if the star camera
requires more than ten stars to determine a solution, the software code
will handle it properly.
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comet sample return mission - please visit the Stardust home page: