Stardust Status Report
September 26, 2003
The Stardust team had one period of communications with the spacecraft in
the past week. Telemetry relayed from the spacecraft indicates it is
healthy and all subsystems continue to operate normally.
A formal peer review of the Comet Wild 2 dust model was held recently.
Thirteen internationally renowned comet experts reviewed and discussed
the mission's 'model' for dust location and size for Comet Wild 2. The
current project model was validated with unanimous consensus to use as
is for mission planning. The Stardust team will now incorporate the
Comet Wild 2 dust model into their final planning for 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: