Stardust Status Report
August 8, 2003
There were four Deep Space Network passes during the past week and all
Stardust subsystems are performing normally.
The Stardust flight team is continuing its effort to finalize all plans for
the Comet Wild 2 encounter. An 'Encounter Workshop' is scheduled for mid-August
to complete all encounter action items. Numerous meeting were held this
past week with project management science and engineering to finalize all
issues effecting encounter sequence and encounter timeline decisions. Final
decisions about the approach, encounter and departure sequences and
operations for Stardust's encounter with Comet Wild 2 will be made at the
workshop. Formal reviews of these decisions and plans will then follow.
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: