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Mission Status 2010

Tim Larson Stardust Spacecraft Team

February 10, 2010
The design for TCM-28 (Time of Arrival adjustment maneuver) has been delivered to the spacecraft team, and the sequences have been built. They will be tested this week, in preparation for uplinking to the spacecraft on February 16. The spacecraft is healthy, and all subsystems are operating as expected.

February 3, 2010
The spacecraft is healthy and operating nominally. The final design of the TCM 28 maneuver is being generated this week to support the maneuver on February 17. This maneuver will delay the time of closest approach to comet Tempel 1 in February of 2011 by 8 hours.

January 27, 2010
The spacecraft continues to operate nominally. The team is preparing for the next maneuver, TCM28, that will be executed on February 17 2010 and will delay the time of closest approach at comet Tempel 1 by 8 hours on February 15, 2011.

January 20, 2010
The spacecraft is operating nominally in cruise mode. The science team has completed its analysis of the rotational phase of comet Tempel 1, and has made its recommendation of how to adjust the time of arrival at the comet to balance the viewing conditions of terrain previously imaged by the Deep Impact spacecraft and new terrain. The project has decided to delay the time of arrival by 8 hours, with closest approach on February 15, 2011 04:42 UTC. This decision was briefed to JPL and LMSSC senior management as well as the Discovery/New Frontiers program office and NASA HQ.

January 13, 2010
The spacecraft is in nominal cruise mode and operating nominally. A final decision on the Time of Arrival maneuver, planned to be executed on February 17, will be made on January 15 and briefed on January 20.

January 6, 2010
The spacecraft is in cruise mode and operating nominally. The results of the Tempel-1 rotation modeling will be presented to the project on January 7,8. The project will then decide how much to adjust the arrival time at the comet during the upcoming Time of Arrival maneuver on February 17.



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