Learned in the Decommissioning of the Stardust Spacecraft

  title={Learned in the Decommissioning of the Stardust Spacecraft},
  author={Timothy Larson},
The Stardust spacecraft completed its prime mission in 2006, returning samples from the coma of comet Wild 2 to earth in the sample return capsule. Still healthy, and in a heliocentric orbit, the Stardust spacecraft was repurposed for a new mission – Stardust NExT. This new mission would take the veteran spacecraft to a 2011 encounter with comet Tempel 1, providing a new look at the comet visited in 2005 by the Deep Impact mission. This extended mission for Stardust would push it to the limits… CONTINUE READING

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