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Stardust Status Report

October 4, 2002

Stardust had two periods of radio contact through JPL's Deep Space Network this week. The spacecraft is in good health and continuing to collect interstellar particles.

Playback of images taken by the Navigation Camera on September 3 has not yet been completed because of the large amount of image data and the low data replay rate.

The Spacecraft Test Laboratory is continuing to test a patch for Stardust's nucleus-tracking flight software.

An education and public-outreach representative for the mission presented a paper September 27 at the annual meeting of the Society for the Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans.

For more information on the Stardust mission - the first ever comet sample return mission - please visit the Stardust home page:

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