After travelling 3.5 billion miles, the Stardust spacecraft made history by capturing images of asteroid Annefrank, collecting samples of comet Wild 2 and successfully returning them to Earth, and now crosses the finish line with spectacular images of comet Tempel 1 maximizing science for years to come.
Congratulations for making this mission not only historical but memorable from start to finish.
+ Mission Brief
+ Mission Status Report
+ Why Study Comets
Final SD-NExT Status Report - March 25, 2011
When last seen by the ground, Stardust's subsystems were nominal and trying to complete the Farewell Maneuver. At 18:30 (MDT) the on-board sequence issued the command to place the spacecraft into safe mode and turned the transmitter off for the last time. At that time the JPL Project Manager, Tim Larson, declared the end of the Stardust and Stardust-NExT missions.
Mission Status Reports
+ Mission status report archive from the original flight team