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Stardust NExT Rendezvous with Comet Temple 1

Posted: Sat Jan 15, 2011 6:15 pm
by david entwistle
Nasa's Stardust probe is now just over thirty days away from its rendezvous with comet Tempel 1 on 14th February 2011. You can follow mission progress here.

Posted: Thu Jan 27, 2011 7:54 am
by david entwistle
Stardust has successfully imaged its target, Comet Tempel 1, for the first time. This is good news, as it will allow accurate targeting using the limited fuel left available to the craft. More details here.

Re: Stardust NExT Rendezvous with Comet Temple 1

Posted: Wed Feb 09, 2011 7:39 am
by david entwistle
david entwistle wrote:Nasa's Stardust probe is now just over thirty days away from its rendezvous with comet Tempel 1 on 14th February 2011. You can follow mission progress here.
NASA / JPL have now provided information on the coverage that will available of the comet fly-by. See the following link for details.

http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/news/news.cfm?r ... l&rst=2905
PASADENA, Calif. -- NASA will host several live activities for the Stardust-NExT mission's close encounter with comet Tempel 1. The closest approach is expected at approximately 8:37 p.m. PST (11:37 p.m. EST) on Feb. 14, with confirmation received on Earth at about 8:56 p.m. PST (11:56 p.m. EST).

Posted: Wed Feb 09, 2011 10:07 am
by Davej
Hi,
Thanks for the reminder David. Should be very interesting viewing.
(PST = GMT -8 hrs)
All the best
Dave

Re: Stardust NExT Rendezvous with Comet Temple 1

Posted: Sat Feb 12, 2011 10:48 am
by david entwistle
david entwistle wrote:NASA / JPL have now provided information on the coverage that will available of the comet fly-by. See the following link for details.

http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/news/news.cfm?r ... l&rst=2905
For anyone in the UK, I've attempted to translate the times provided in the NASA release to UT (GMT). If you are thinking of staying up, or getting up early, I'd suggest that you check them yourself... :wink:
The closest approach is expected at approximately: 2011 February 15 04:37 UT with confirmation received on Earth at about 2011 February 15 04:56 UT.

Live coverage of the Tempel 1 encounter will begin at 2011 February 15 04:30 UT on NASA Television and the agency's website. The coverage will include live commentary from mission control at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., and video from Lockheed Martin Space System's mission support area in Denver.

Live coverage of a news briefing is planned for 2011 February 15 18:00 UT. Scheduled participants are:
  • Ed Weiler, NASA associate administrator, Science Mission Directorate, Washington
    Joe Veverka, Stardust-NExT principal investigator, Cornell University, Ithaca, N.Y.
    Tim Larson, Stardust-NExT project manager, JPL
    Don Brownlee, Stardust-NExT co-investigator, University of Washington, Seattle
Mission coverage schedule (all times UT and subject to change):
  • 2011 February 15 04:30 UT to 2011 February 15 06:00 UT: Live NASA TV commentary begins from mission control; includes coverage of closest approach and the re-establishment of contact with the spacecraft following the encounter.
    2011 February 15 08:00 to 2011 February 15 09:30 UT: NASA TV commentary will chronicle the arrival and processing of the first five of 72 close-approach images the team expects to be downlinked after the encounter. The images are expected to include a close-up view of the comet's surface.
    2011 February 15 18:00 UT: News briefing

Re: Stardust NExT Rendezvous with Comet Temple 1

Posted: Tue Feb 15, 2011 7:49 am
by david entwistle
david entwistle wrote: 2011 February 15 08:00 to 2011 February 15 09:30 UT: NASA TV commentary will chronicle the arrival and processing of the first five of 72 close-approach images the team expects to be downlinked after the encounter. The images are expected to include a close-up view of the comet's surface.
Assuming everything went well with the fly-by, image download should start very shortly with coverage on NASA TV Public Channel.
Live Stardust-NeXT Mission Commentary

Resumes with the arrival of the first close-approach images of Comet Tempel 1

08:00 AM - 09:30 AM

Re: Stardust NExT Rendezvous with Comet Temple 1

Posted: Tue Feb 15, 2011 12:49 pm
by david entwistle
david entwistle wrote:Assuming everything went well with the fly-by, image download should start very shortly with coverage on NASA TV Public Channel.
It appears that the fly-by was a success, but the images aren't being downloaded in the order they were expected. Hopefully nothing will be lost, but there will be a delay before the images from closest approach are available.

There'll be more here...

http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/news/stardust/

and here:

http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/stard ... index.html

Re: Stardust NExT Rendezvous with Comet Temple 1

Posted: Tue Feb 15, 2011 6:25 pm
by david entwistle
david entwistle wrote:Live coverage of a news briefing is planned for 2011 February 15 18:00 UT. Scheduled participants are:
  • Ed Weiler, NASA associate administrator, Science Mission Directorate, Washington
    Joe Veverka, Stardust-NExT principal investigator, Cornell University, Ithaca, N.Y.
    Tim Larson, Stardust-NExT project manager, JPL
    Don Brownlee, Stardust-NExT co-investigator, University of Washington, Seattle
Mission coverage schedule (all times UT and subject to change):
  • 2011 February 15 18:00 UT: News briefing
NASA Reschedules News Conference on Stardust-Next Comet Flyby
PASADENA, Calif. -- NASA has rescheduled the news conference about the Stardust-NExT comet flyby for 12:30 p.m. PST (3:30 p.m. EST) today. The briefing will release images and early data from the comet encounter and will be carried live on NASA Television and the agency's website.
That's 2011 February 15 20:30 UT. See here for details:

http://www.nasa.gov/home/hqnews/2011/fe ... Moves.html

Click link below to watch on line:

http://www.nasa.gov/multimedia/nasatv/index.html

Posted: Fri Feb 18, 2011 5:36 pm
by Davej
Hi,

Some more images here ..

http://spaceflightnow.com/news/n1102/14 ... llery.html

All the best
Dave

Posted: Sat Feb 19, 2011 10:07 am
by david entwistle
Davej wrote:Hi,

Some more images here ..

http://spaceflightnow.com/news/n1102/14 ... llery.html

All the best
Dave
Thanks Dave.

As ever, Emily Lakdawalla has provided an excellent summary of the scientific observations, from the fly-by, on the Planetary Society's blog:
I'm a little surprised that the Deep Impact crater isn't more obvious, and lighter in colour, but I admit I know little of these things.