Stardust Status Report
February 21, 2003
This past week, the Stardust flight team used the antennas of JPL's Deep
Space Network on one occasion. Data relayed from the spacecraft during that
contact indicated Stardust is healthy and all subsystems continue to run
The Stardust team is planning to send those images of the Pleiades star
cluster that are stored in the spacecraft's memory. These Pleiades images
were taken by Stardust's navigation camera and will be used to evaluate
performance of the spacecraft camera's periscope. This data transfer will
occur in early March.
The team is also completing preparations for a series of evaluations of the
command sequence to be used during Stardust's encounter with Comet Wild 2.
These evaluations, or 'tabletops', will be used to analyze and streamline the
sequence of commands the Stardust spacecraft will execute during encounter.
Information on the present position and orbits of the Stardust spacecraft
and Comet Wild 2 may be found on the "Where Is Stardust Right Now?"
web page located at:
For more information on the Stardust mission -- the first ever comet
sample return mission -- please visit the Stardust home page: