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Mission Status 2009

Tim Larson Stardust Spacecraft Team

September 23, 2009
The communications passes on September 10 and 14 showed that the spacecraft is healthy and operating as expected. The next planned pass is on October 6. A study to determine the impact of the aging IMU A on the mission has been completed, and shows that the science objectives can be met with reduced use of the IMU by implementing some alternative use strategies. The project is preparing a risk trade study to compare the risks of the available alternatives, and the resulting recommendation will then be presented for review. A science team meeting will be held on October 16 in Pasadena to review the results of recent observations of comet Tempel 1 by HST and the status of the comet rotation modeling effort.

September 9, 2009
The next communication with the spacecraft is scheduled for September 10. The spacecraft team has identified a strategy for completing the mission with limited use of IMU A. The associated risks are being evaluated, and based on these, the project will present its recommended path forward for review and approval. Since the IMU is primarily used during the comet approach and encounter phase, there is no immediate concern about the spacecraft health and safety.

September 2, 2009
The next planned contact with the spacecraft is on September 10.

August 26, 2009
The spacecraft is healthy and performing as expected. The next planned communication with the spacecraft is on September 10.

August 19, 2009
The spacecraft is healthy and in its nominal cruise configuration and attitude. The safe mode recovery was completed on August 14 after successful implementation of the safe mode recovery procedure.

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