Stardust Status Report
March 21, 2003
This past week, the Stardust flight team used the antennas of JPL's Deep
Space Network on two occasions. Data relayed from the spacecraft during
that contact indicated Stardust is healthy and all subsystems continue to
On the March 22 Deep Space Network pass, Stardust will transmit the remaining
27 images of the Pleiades star cluster stored in the spacecraft's memory.
These Pleiades images were taken by Stardust's navigation camera and are
being used to evaluate performance of the spacecraft camera's periscope.
The Stardust team reports the 5 images already downloaded are of very good
quality and calibration data obtained from these images is also very good.
Back on March 13, Stardust Principal Investigator Don Brownlee gave another
great lecture on the Stardust mission at the University of Colorado Center
for Astrophysics and Astronomy.
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: