Stardust Status Report
January 24, 2003
Stardust's navigation camera took images this week for evaluating
performance of the periscope. Images of the Pleiades star cluster
were taken using a series of one-degree steps in positioning
the periscope mirror. The images will be transmitted to Earth within the
next two weeks.
The spacecraft is operating in good health. It had one period of radio
contact with Earth this week through NASA's Deep Space Network.
The Stardust team has made minor updates in the mission's telemetry
dictionary and flight rules to incorporate lessons learned from the
flyby of asteroid Annefrank last November.
For more information on the Stardust mission -- the first ever comet
sample return mission -- please visit the Stardust home page: