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16-Aug-99 | Stardust goes into safe mode twice

Stardust is in good health despite two safe-mode events within the past few weeks. The explanation is rife with acronyms but has to do with a software error causing problems with navigational star camera communications. Stardust, the fourth mission* in the NASA Discovery Program, will fly close to comet Wild-2 and will be the first spacecraft to return cometary material to Earth for analysis. It was launched aboard Delta 266 on 7 February, 1999.


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