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2011-02-08 18:50:52

NASA's Stardust spacecraft marked its 12th anniversary in space on Monday, Feb. 7, with a rocket burn to further refine its path toward a Feb. 14 date with a comet.The half-minute trajectory correction maneuver, which adjusts the spacecraft's flight path, began at about 1 p.m. PST (4 p.m. EST) on Monday, Feb. 7. The 30-second-long firing of the spacecraft's rockets consumed about 69 grams (2.4 ounces) of fuel and changed the spacecraft's speed by 0.56 meters per second (1.3 mph).NASA's plan...

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2011-01-27 08:35:00

NASA's Stardust spacecraft has downlinked its first images of comet Tempel 1, the target of a flyby planned for Valentine's Day, Feb. 14. The images were taken on Jan. 18 and 19 from a distance of 26.3 million kilometers (16.3 million miles), and 25.4 million kilometers (15.8 million miles) respectively. On Feb. 14, Stardust will fly within about 200 kilometers (124 miles) of the comet's nucleus. "This is the first of many images to come of comet Tempel 1," said Joe Veverka, principal...

2011-01-19 13:07:00

WASHINGTON, Jan. 19, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA's Stardust-NExT spacecraft is nearing a celestial date with comet Tempel 1 at approximately 11:37 p.m. EST, on Feb. 14. The mission will allow scientists for the first time to look for changes on a comet's surface that occurred following an orbit around the sun. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) The Stardust-NExT, or New Exploration of Tempel, spacecraft will take high-resolution images during the...

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2011-01-19 14:35:00

NASA announced on Wednesday that its Stardust-NExT spacecraft will rendezvous with comet Tempel 1 on Valentine's Day. The space agency said that the mission will allow scientists to look for changes on the comet's surface that took place after an orbit around the sun. The spacecraft will take high-resolution images during the encounter, and will attempt to measure the composition, distribution, and flux of dust emitted into the coma. According to NASA, the mission will expand the...

2011-01-13 06:15:54

NASA will hold a news briefing at 1 p.m. EST on Wednesday, Jan. 19, to discuss the Feb. 14 Stardust-NExT mission flyby of comet Tempel 1. The encounter will mark the first time scientists can look for changes on a comet's surface caused by a close flyby of the sun. The news conference will be in the James E. Webb Auditorium at NASA Headquarters at 300 E St. SW in Washington. It will be broadcast live on NASA Television and streamed on the agency's website. The briefing participants are: --...

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2010-12-30 12:50:00

The Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency's Hayabusa spacecraft has brought home to Earth tiny pieces of an alien world"“asteroid Itokawa. "It's an incredible feeling to have another world right in the palm of your hand," says Mike Zolensky, Associate Curator for Interplanetary Dust at the Johnson Space Center, and one of the three non-Japanese members of the science team. "We're seeing for the first time, up close, what an asteroid is actually made of!" He has good reason to be...

2010-12-08 00:00:43

Ayeah Games, Inc.'s celebrity based, free-to-play social reality game -- FanSwarmâ“ž¢ -- discovers a player who has earned more than 2.7 million "Stardust" points (i.e. the virtual currency within FanSwarm) since the game launched five weeks ago. Jeff Hebert, a player based in Bedford, Mass., formulated a winning strategy that earns him more than 100,000 "Stardust" per day and within a couple weeks of playing, turned his initial 2,000 "Stardust" points into a...

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2010-11-23 06:15:00

Eighty-six days out from its appointment with a comet, NASA's Stardust spacecraft fired its thrusters to help refine its flight path. The Stardust-NExT mission will fly past comet Tempel 1 next Valentine's Day (Feb. 14, 2011). It will perform NASA's second comet flyby within four months. "One comet down, one to go," said Tim Larson, project manager for both the Stardust-NExT mission and the EPOXI mission -- which successfully flew past comet Hartley 2 on Nov. 4. The trajectory correction...

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2010-11-03 08:15:00

The EPOXI mission spacecraft has refined its path toward a Nov. 4 flyby of comet Hartley 2, successfully performing its final maneuver Tuesday at 8 a.m. PDT (11 a.m. EDT). The spacecraft burned its engines for 6.8 seconds, changing the spacecraft's velocity by 1.4 meters per second (3 miles per hour). "I've worked the Stardust flyby of comet Wild 2 and the Deep Impact encounter with comet Tempel 1, and I have never seen a comet flit around the sky like this one," said mission navigator Shyam...

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2010-11-03 06:20:00

Over the last 40 years, Malcolm Hartley has done just about every possible job for Siding Spring Observatory's UK Schmidt telescope in New South Wales, Australia. The British-born, Scottish-educated Hartley has logged time as the 1.2 meter (3.9 foot) telescope's observer, processor, copier, hypersensitization expert, and quality controller. On the afternoon of March 16, 1986, Hartley's job was that last one -- quality control. In that role, he was the first to view each 36-by-36 centimeter...


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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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