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STARDUST Status Report

From: Mark LeCuyer <randydan@wavetech.net>
Date: Tue, 14 Jul 1998 20:30:55 -0500
Fwd Date: Wed, 15 Jul 1998 06:55:14 -0400
Subject: STARDUST Status Report


From: Mark - Alien Astronomer
http://www.geocities.com/Area51/Shadowlands/6583

Source: Ron Baalke  BAALKE@kelvin.jpl.nasa.gov
Subject: STARDUST Status Report
July 10, 1998
Ken Atkins
STARDUST Project Manager

Assembly, Test, and Launch Operations (ATLO) activities: The Lockheed
Martin Team completed the close out and loading of the spacecraft
into the shipping container for move to the Multiple Test Facility
(MTF) on schedule -- July 11!! This signals a major step in readying
the ship for flight. In the MTF it will be subjected to the vacuum,
thermal and other environments it will experience in actual flight to
the comet. This literal "spin, shake, and bake" is intended to unmask
any weak spots in Stardust's flight readiness. The move to the MTF is
like the "roll out" before first flight tests of new airplanes.

With the vehicle now assembled, the team is now anticipating a chance
to see how designs and manufacturing will work all together in the
crucible of space. It is an exciting time.

Certainly for those visiting this site regularly, you have been able
to follow the action on the vidicam of the dedicated folks in the
"bunny suits" as they have carefully brought all the pieces together.
We know Stardust is "alive" in the protective, air-filled comfort of
the "room-temperature" high bay. Now we're moving the camera with the
ship to chronicle the adventures in the tougher regime of
environmental and thermal test. So, stay tuned.

We announced with the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund that all 58,214
names from the Vietnam Memorial will be added to the second microchip
as a tribute to those who fell in America's longest war.
Approximately 2,500,000 people visit "The Wall" each year, making it
the most-visited memorial in Washington D.C. The full text of the
press release is available by clicking on "Stardust in the News"
under the "What's New" beacon on the homepage
http://stardust.jpl.nasa.gov/news/news27.html

We are now more than 600,000 "passengers" for the Wild-2 ride!

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