Stardust Status Report
April 5, 2002
There were two Deep Space Network tracking passes during the past week
and all subsystems are normal. Stardust is currently 2.71 AU (almost
252 million miles, or 405 million kilometers) from the Sun.
The spacecraft's power subsystems continue to perform better than
predicted. The battery's charge state at the conclusion of the last DSN
pass was 94 percent.
After 33 years at JPL, Dr. Kenneth L. Atkins has retired. Ken was
Stardust's Project Manager during its development and initial operations
phases. His management leadership at the laboratory has left us with a
rich heritage, including the excellently operating Stardust spacecraft.
For more information on the Stardust mission - the first ever
comet sample return mission - please visit the Stardust home page: