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300 thousand kilometers

Stardust was 300000 kilometers away from the Earth at 2006-01-14 22:07:44 UTC.

* Range: 300,000,000 m
* Range-rate: -6,620 m/s
* Velocity with respect to the Earth: 6,626 m/s

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200 thousand kilometers

Stardust was 200000 kilometers away from the Earth at 2006-01-15 02:17:57 UTC.

* Range: 200,000,000 m
* Range-rate: -6,713 m/s
* Velocity with respect to the Earth: 6,726 m/s

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Timeline

All time in UTC:

05:57:06 - separation of the capsule, range: 110608 km, range-rate=6.713 km/s, v=6.726 km/s
06:22:33 - 100 thousand kilometers away from Earth center, rr=6.968 km/s, v=7.016 km/s
06:46:23 - 90 thousand kilometers away from Earth center, rr=7.020 km/s, v=7.079 km/s
07:10:01 - 80 thousand kilometers away from Earth center, rr=7.083 km/s, v=7.157 km/s
07:33:26 - 70 thousand kilometers away from Earth center, rr=7.160 km/s, v=7.256 km/s
07:56:34 - 60 thousand kilometers away from Earth center, rr=7.257 km/s, v=7.386 km/s
08:19:21 - 50 thousand kilometers away from Earth center, rr=7.382 km/s, v=7.563 km/s
08:41:41 - 40 thousand kilometers away from Earth center, rr=7.546 km/s, v=7.822 km/s
09:03:28 - 30 thousand kilometers away from Earth center, rr=7.765 km/s, v=8.236 km/s
09:24:36 - 20 thousand kilometers away from Earth center, rr=8.009 km/s, v=9.007 km/s
09:45:41 - 10 thousand kilometers away from Earth center, rr=7.287 km/s, v=11.000 km/s
09:47:09 - altitude=3000 km (range - 6378.140 km), rr=7.002 km/s, v=11.240 km/s
09:49:39 - altitude=2000 km, rr=6.293 km/s, v=11.684 km/s
09:52:35 - altitude=1000 km, rr=4.946 km/s, v=12.223 km/s
09:52:56 - altitude=900 km, rr=4.739 km/s, v=12.285 km/s
09:53:17 - altitude=800 km, rr=4.520 km/s, v=12.345 km/s
09:53:40 - altitude=700 km, rr=4.269 km/s, v=12.410 km/s
09:54:04 - altitude=600 km, rr=3.992 km/s, v=12.474 km/s
09:54:30 - altitude=500 km, rr=3.676 km/s, v=12.540 km/s
09:54:59 - altitude=400 km, rr=3.304 km/s, v=12.609 km/s
09:55:31 - altitude=300 km, rr=2.870 km/s, v=12.678 km/s
09:56:10 - altitude=200 km, rr=2.312 km/s, v=12.750 km/s
09:56:42 - altitude=125 km (Geodetic alt=134 km), rr=1.825 km/s, v=12.799 km/s, a=+1.34 m/s^2, nw California, reentry begins
09:57:03 - alt=100 km, rr=1.516 km/s, v=12.5 km/s, a=+0.54 m/s^2, ne California
09:57:43 - alt=55 km, maximum deceleration at 30.5g
09:57:51 - alt=50 km, rr=477 m/s, v=6.0 km/s, a=-272 m/s^2, Nevada
09:58:23 - alt=40 km, rr=247 m/s, v=1.5 km/s, a=-59 m/s^2, Nevada
09:58:56 - alt=32 km, rr=234 m/s, v=0.6 km/s, a=-15 m/s^2, Utah, drogue deployment
10:00:01 - alt=20 km, rr=127 m/s, a=-0.96 m/s^2, Utah
10:02:05 - alt=10 km, rr=56 m/s, a=-0.034 m/s^2, Utah
10:03:49 - alt=5 km, rr=42 m/s, a=-0.014 m/s^2, Utah
10:04:43 - alt=3 km, Utah, main parachute deployment
10:12:00 - alt=0 km, rg=6369 km, rr=0 km/s, v=0.35 km/s, a= 0.00 m/s^2, Utah, 40.3 N, 113.7 W, capsule landed

4. Hurrah for successful separation of the sample return capsule. And away we go.

5. 2 Hours

Time until Earth Return
0 Days 02:00:00

NASA TV coverage begins 4:30 AM EST (01:30 PST; 09:30 UTC)

6. Originally Posted by Wolverine
And away we go.
Indeed...Mr. Scott is still with us...(it's what I say when a "plan" comes together.)

California weather is completely clear, and extremely cold!

7. Yeah, I'm gearing up. I'm going out in a few minutes to pick a good spot and test the camera.

8. Time until Earth Return
0 Days 00:42:00

NASA TV has begun the entry, descent and landing coverage.

Edit: Helicopters launched.
Edit: 7 minutes to atmosphere

Timeline

21:57 Jan 14 PST; 00:57 Jan 15 EST; 05:57 UTC: Spacecraft releases capsule
01:57 Jan 15 PST; 04:57 EST; 09:57 UTC: Capsule enters Earth atmosphere
02:05 Jan 15 PST; 05:05 EST; 10:05 UTC: Main parachute deploys
02:12 Jan 15 PST; 05:12 EST; 10:12 UTC: Capsule lands
02:22 Jan 15 PST; 05:22 EST; 10:22 UTC (approx.): Helicopter and crew land near capsule
04:20 Jan 15 PST; 07:20 EST; 12:20 UTC (approx.): Capsule arrives at temporary cleanroom

Well, here we go!

Gentry Lee seems to have less hair every time I see him (especially since the early 1980s).

Meanwhile according to the AP,
NASA's Stardust spacecraft, hovering 69,000 miles up, released the shuttlecock-shaped capsule late Saturday, putting it on course for a blazing re-entry early Sunday.
Hovering, eh? At 29,000 MPH?

Hope the weather holds and the wind doesn't push the vehicle too far.

Come on back, Stardust!

10. Helicopters are up, my camera is set up, binoculars are at the ready, Mrs. BA is waking up the Littlest Astronomer. :-)

Good luck to Stardust and all members of the Plait family!

12. All passengers please fasten seatbelts.

Make sure your aerogel array is in the upright and locked position.

4 minutes to atmosphere.

Time for me to go outside and look northward.

Back in a bit.

It's being tracked by Maui!

If the blue track is the "mothership" then it will be less than a hundred miles north of here a few minutes after Stardust touches down in Utah. Might give it a look.

!We got infrared! Yo!

Drogue deployed (no visual yet).

17. Saw it.

Seems negative drogue indication based on velocity and visual.

Originally Posted by 01101001
Saw it.
WTG!

20. Main chute deployed. 10000 feet.

Seems to be slowing down and drifting.

Originally Posted by 01101001
Main chute deployed. 10000 feet.
Comm: Appears to be under a good chute and confirmation!!!

23. That was so cool!

I was really surprised how fast it moved across the sky....beautiful.

24. UHF beacon on and being tracked. 6000 feet.

UHF beacon is operating. Visual is of SRC and chute. 6000'.

26. About 60 seconds to landing. 5000 feet.

27. This looks much better than Genesis...