Re: Stardust question

From: Robert Reeves (reeves10@swbell.net)
Date: Fri Jan 27 2006 - 06:00:35 EST

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    > After separation of the Stardust reentry module on January 15 what
    > happened with the main satellite bus ?
    >
    > Did it also reenter the Earth's atmosphere and burn up or did it
    > continue its journey in heliocentric orbit ?
    > In which orbit is it now and is it still functioning and to be used
    > for solar system research ?
    >
    >
    > Thanks,
    >
    > Tristan Cools
    > BWGS
    
    After releasing the entry capsule, the spacecraft bus was nudged into a
    trajectory that missed Earth.  It is still in heliocentric orbit.  I'm not
    sure
    of the long-term plan for it.
    
    Robert Reeves                 +29.484   98.440
    reeves10@swbell.net       San Antonio, Texas
    www.robertreeves.com
    
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