Stardust Status Report
December 2, 2005
The Trajectory Correction Maneuver 17 of 4.17 m/s was successfully
executed with high precision on November 16. The probability of
needing to perform a follow-on cleanup maneuver (TCM 17a or b) is
The spacecraft is performing its second set of limit cycle
calibrations for Earth approach navigation.
The Recovery Team completed Trainings #9 and #10 at UTTR in Utah in
the night using ground vehicles. The temperatures were around
freezing with periods of snow and rain. The UTTR Mission
readiness was also completed.
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: