Stardust Status Report
December 16, 2005
All subsystems on the STARDUST spacecraft continue to operate normally
as the spacecraft travels towards Earth.
One month remains until Earth Return on January 15, 2006
The project successfully completed its final Operational and Recovery
Testing, ending with a full drop test of a capsule and helicopter
recovery at the Utah Test and Training Range.
Information on the present position and orbits of the Stardust spacecraft
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: