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2011-03-25 07:35:00

After 12 years of providing NASA with lessons about our solar system, the Stardust spacecraft has sent its last commands to burn off all its fuel. In its final moments, the spacecraft continues to teach us. The "burn to depletion maneuver was designed to fire Stardust's rockets until insufficient fuel remains to continue, all the while downlinking data on the burn to Earth some 312 million kilometers (194 million miles) away," released NASA in a press release. Based on the Stardust-NExt...

2011-02-17 12:26:00

NEW YORK, Feb. 17, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Only days before the NASA Stardust spacecraft beamed home comet photos long awaited by astronomers, other researchers revealed the factors that motivated citizens to volunteer without pay to examine more than a million images of space dust captured by the spacecraft's predecessor. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20091027/NY99197LOGO ) The team of researchers headed by Polytechnic Institute of New York University (NYU-Poly) Assistant...

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2011-02-16 06:15:00

NASA's Stardust spacecraft returned new images of a comet showing a scar resulting from the 2005 Deep Impact mission. The images also showed the comet has a fragile and weak nucleus. The spacecraft made its closest approach to comet Tempel 1 on Monday, Feb. 14, at 8:40 p.m. PST at a distance of approximately 111 miles. Stardust took 72 high-resolution images of the comet. It also accumulated 468 kilobytes of data about the dust in its coma, the cloud that is a comet's atmosphere. The craft is...

2011-02-15 19:49:00

PASADENA, Calif., Feb. 15, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- NASA's Stardust spacecraft returned new images of a comet showing a scar resulting from the 2005 Deep Impact mission. The images also showed the comet has a fragile and weak nucleus. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO ) The spacecraft made its closest approach to comet Tempel 1 on Monday, Feb. 14, at 8:40 p.m. PST at a distance of approximately 111 miles. Stardust took 72 high-resolution images of the comet. It...

2011-02-15 16:26:00

DENVER, Feb. 15, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- NASA's Stardust-NExT spacecraft made a Valentine's Day deep-space rendezvous with an object it had been seeking for the past four-and-a-half years. The Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT)-built spacecraft flawlessly executed its mission and performed a flyby of comet Tempel 1 at 9:39 p.m. MT yesterday. Stardust made its closest approach of the nucleus of the comet at a distance of 111 miles (178 km) and was traveling a relative speed of 24,300 mph (10.9 km...

2011-02-15 12:54:53

NASA has rescheduled the news conference about the Stardust-NExT comet flyby for 12:30 p.m. PST (3:30 p.m. EST) today. The briefing will release images and early data from the comet encounter and will be carried live on NASA Television and the agency's website. The participants are: -Ed Weiler, NASA's associate administrator, Science Mission Directorate, Washington-Joe Veverka, Stardust-NExT principal investigator, Cornell University-Tim Larson, Stardust-NExT project manager, NASA's Jet...

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2011-02-15 07:35:00

NASA's Stardust spacecraft spent its Valentine's Day getting cozy with a comet, snapping more than 70 photographs of Tempel 1 during a Monday flyby, the US space agency has announced. Stardust flew past Tempel 1 at speeds in excess of 24,000mph, AP Science Writer Alicia Chang reported on Tuesday. Officials from the NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, California report that the time of closest approach was 11:39pm EST, when the craft passed within 112 miles of the comet. As of...

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2011-02-14 13:25:00

As of today, Feb. 14, at 9:21 a.m. PST (12:21 p.m. EST), NASA's Stardust-NExT mission spacecraft is within a quarter-million miles (402,336 kilometers) of its quarry, comet Tempel 1, which it will fly by tonight. The spacecraft is cutting the distance with the comet at a rate of about 10.9 kilometers per second (6.77 miles per second or 24,000 mph). The flyby of Tempel 1 will give scientists an opportunity to look for changes on the comet's surface since it was visited by NASA's Deep Impact...

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2011-02-11 11:17:33

Here are five facts you should know about NASA's Stardust-NExT spacecraft as it prepares for a Valentine's "date" with comet Tempel 1. Feel free to sing along! 1. "The Way You Look Tonight" - The spacecraft is on a course to fly by comet Tempel 1 on Feb. 14 at about 8:37 p.m. PST (11:37 p.m. EST) -- Valentine's Day. Time of closest approach to Tempel 1 is significant because of the comet's rotation. We won't know until images are returned which face the comet has shown to the camera. 2. "It's...

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2011-02-13 14:45:00

Stardust NExT must love comets. On Valentine's Day the spacecraft will get up close and personal with its second. It's been seven years since the original Stardust danced with Wild 2 out beyond the orbit of Mars, capturing a thimbleful of comet dust in its collector. It's been five years since the craft jettisoned its sample-return capsule and its precious cargo for a landing in the Utah desert. On Monday the probe will make history again in a 125-mile embrace with comet Tempel 1. It...


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2004-10-19 04:45:41

Comet -- A comet is a small body from the outer reaches of the solar system similar to an asteroid but composed of ice. Often described as "dirty snowballs," they are composed largely of carbon dioxide ice, methane ice, and water ice with a mixture of dust and small stony aggregates mixed in. Comets are thought to be small pieces of debris left over from the formation of the solar system, representing a sample of the original composition of the nebula that condensed to form the Sun and all...

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