National Aeronautics and Space Administration Logo
Follow this link to skip to the main content NASA Banner
Solar System Exploration
News & Events
Stardust Status
Stardust Status
14 Apr 2003
(Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory)

Stardust Status Report April 14, 2003

As the Stardust spacecraft passed into a 'solar conjunction period' on April 3, and there is currently no communication between the spacecraft and the Stardust team here on terra firma. Solar conjunction period is the interval that the Sun obscures the line of sight between Earth and the spacecraft, making it virtually impossible to transmit radio signals between the two. The last data relayed from the spacecraft prior to conjunction indicated that the spacecraft was healthy and all subsystems continue to operate normally. The Stardust team is confident that will remain the case when they reestablish communications sometime after the end of solar conjunction on April 18.

The Stardust team held a science workshop on April 3 and 4 at Cal Tech. Issues covered ran the gamut from the expected dust environment around Comet Wild 2 to the media plan for encounter.

The Pasadena Art Center recently made a three-dimensional image of the brain. While artistic interpretations of the gray matter are somewhat unusual enough what warrants its inclusion here is the media in which it was depicted. The Art Center created this work of art utilizing an etching/laser process in aerogel provided by the STARDUST Technology Transfer team . The image can be seen on the cover of Nature Neuroscience and at http://www.nature.com/nrn.

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: http://stardust.jpl.nasa.gov/mission/scnow.html

For more information on the Stardust mission -- the first ever comet sample-return mission -- please visit the Stardust home page: http://stardust.jpl.nasa.gov .

News Archive Search  Go!
Show  results per page
 
 
Awards and Recognition   Solar System Exploration Roadmap   Contact Us   Site Map   Print This Page
NASA Official: Kristen Erickson
Advisory: Dr. James Green, Director of Planetary Science
Outreach Manager: Alice Wessen
Curator/Editor: Phil Davis
Science Writer: Autumn Burdick
Producer: Greg Baerg
Webmaster: David Martin
> NASA Science Mission Directorate
> Budgets, Strategic Plans and Accountability Reports
> Equal Employment Opportunity Data
   Posted Pursuant to the No Fear Act
> Information-Dissemination Policies and Inventories
> Freedom of Information Act
> Privacy Policy & Important Notices
> Inspector General Hotline
> Office of the Inspector General
> NASA Communications Policy
> USA.gov
> ExpectMore.gov
> NASA Advisory Council
> Open Government at NASA
Last Updated: 28 Apr 2003