STARDUST Instrumentation

There are only two dedicated science payloads on STARDUST: the Aerogel Dust Collectors and the Cometary and Interstellar Dust Analyzer. All other science data is obtained from engineering functions that are required for the operation of the spacecraft. These engineering instruments are the Navigation Camera and the Whipple shield flux monitors. Dynamic science is obtained without special hardware. These instruments are called out on the illustrations below.

STARDUST Spacecraft Showing Placement of the Instruments