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  Spacecraft before launch
STARDUST SPACECRAFT LAUNCH
On February 7, 1999, Stardust launched from KSC, the first U.S. mission dedicated solely to cometary research. The spacecraft is tucked into the cone of the Delta II rocket.
+ Building the Spacecraft
+ Launch Images
+ Earth Gravity Assist Images
+ Sample Return Capsule Re-entry
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  Artists concept of Stardust-NExT spacecraft
COMET GALLERY
Mystic travelers in our solar system, comets were often feared as harbingers of doom in earlier centuries. Comets are now believed to have carried water and organics, the foundation of life to Earth.
+ Comet Images
+ Comet Wild 2 Images



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  Comet Tempel 1
COMET TEMPEL 1
The first (and so far only) comet visited by two missions! First Deep Impact's destination, Stardust-NExT returned five years later to observe the comet's nucleus after it had completed a full orbit around the Sun.
+ Encounter Images
+ Stereo Images
+ Mission Highlight Images
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  Stardust-NExT Spacecraft
ARTIST RENDERINGS
View artist concepts depicting visual representations of NASA's Stardust-NExT mission.
+ Mission Art
+ Spacecraft Renderings