Stardust Status Report
April 18, 2003
Over the past week, the Stardust team completed the first Comet Wild 2 encounter
sequence test in the Spacecraft Test Laboratory. This testing is in support
of Stardust's historic encounter with Comet Wild 2 in January of next year.
The success of last year's Annefrank flyby is still positively affecting
the Stardust mission. Stardust made a close pass of asteroid Annefrank
back on November 2, 2002. During this flyby many spacecraft functions that will
be employed during Stardust's encounter with Comet Wild 2, were proven to be
operational. This positive confirmation of both the vehicle and team's
performance now allows the Stardust team to look beyond the Wild 2
encounter to the challenging operations required for Earth return in 2006.
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: