Stardust Status Report
October 3, 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.
Although the spacecraft remains in a solar conjunction phase, commands were
sent to the spacecraft to determine the spacecraft communications
capability in this environment. Remarkably, the spacecraft received 4 of
the 5 commands. Normal commanding will begin on October 7 when the
spacecraft is 3 degrees from the sun, ending the solar conjunction phase.
On October 8, 2003 Stardust's Principal Investigator, Don Brownlee, NASA,
Lockheed Martin Astronautics and JPL management will review Stardust's
flight plan for encounter flyby.
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: