Stardust Status Report
October 17, 2003
The Stardust team had three 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.
Recent images taken by Stardust's navigation camera indicate that a small
amount of contamination has reappeared on the camera. The Stardust team has
activated heaters on the spacecraft to remove the contamination.
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: