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STARDUST Status Report

May 29, 1998

Ken Atkins
STARDUST Project Manager

Assembly, Test, and Launch Operations (ATLO) activities: Replacement of transistors in the flight command & data handling (C&DH) and power control assembly (PCA) boxes was completed. The ATLO test unit replacements for these boxes are performing as "stand-ins" on the spacecraft and a second run of the "aliveness" test was completed with them in place. The aliveness test confirms all subsystem interfaces are operational. System integration continued with fold-up of the remaining side panel and mounting of the Sample Return Capsule (SRC). The top panel was also installed. Great progress has been made by the Lockheed Martin team. As can be seen in the video feed to this website, the actual hardware is beginning to resemble the pictures and artist concepts we've been looking at for many months.

Outreach: Preparations for this weekend's public Open House at JPL were completed with Stardust providing the leadership for the thematic booth on small body (comet & asteroid) exploration. The open house is celebrating NASA's 40th anniversary with the theme, "Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow." The Laboratory's ongoing research and space exploration missions will be showcased during this popular, free event. More than 50,000 people are expected to visit.

On the name collection campaign: As of May 28, 186,178 names had been collected. The collaboration with the movie Deep Impact continued to generate interest and awareness on the Stardust Web Site.

For more information on the STARDUST mission - the first ever comet sample return mission - please visit the STARDUST home page:

Last Updated: November 26, 2003
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