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Stardust Launch Status
February 6, 1999
The launch of NASA's Stardust spacecraft from Cape Canaveral, FL, has been tentatively
rescheduled for Sunday, February 7, at 4:04:15 p.m. Eastern Standard Time (EST).
On the first day of the launch window, Saturday, February 6, the launch was aborted 1 minute, 42 seconds
before liftoff due to a problem with telemetry data from a radar beacon on the Delta launch
vehicle used to track the rocket as it ascends.
Live coverage on NASA Television will begin at 2:30 p.m. EST Sunday. A post-launch briefing is
planned to be broadcast on NASA Television at 6 p.m. Eastern.
Stardust will send a spacecraft flying through the cloud of dust that surrounds the nucleus of a
comet – and, for the first time ever, bring cometary material back to Earth.
NASA Television is broadcast on the satellite GE-2, transponder 9C, C band, 85 degrees west
longitude, frequency 3880.0 MHz, vertical polarization, audio monaural at 6.8 MHz.