Stardust Status Report
September 13, 2002
All of Stardust's subsystems are performing normally. The spacecraft
had two periods of radio contact through JPL's Deep Space Network this
Approximately 60 percent of a recent image from the Navigation Camera
has been received. The image is of the camera's calibration lamp.
Preliminary indications suggest that some contamination has reappeared
on the camera's light-sensing electronic surface -- the charge-coupled
device. The amount of contamination is significantly less than on
previous occasions. If deemed necessary, heaters will be used to
remove it. Only one day of heating was needed to remove the last, more
The Spacecraft Test Laboratory performed its first Comet Wild 2
encounter test run.
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