6 Feb 2004
(Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory)
The Stardust team had daily communications with the spacecraft in the past week. Telemetry relayed from the spacecraft? indicates it remains in very good shape.
This past week, Deep Space Maneuver #4 was successfully performed. The maneuver utilized the same mode that will be used for Earth return in January 2006. During the burn, all solar array segments were verified to be working properly, indicating that no damage occurred while inside the coma of Comet Wild 2.
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 .