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  Artists concept of Stardust-NExT spacecraft
March 23, 2011
NASA's Stardust: Good to the Last Drop

On Thursday, March 24 at about 4 p.m. PDT (7 p.m. EDT), NASA's Stardust spacecraft will perform a final burn with its main engines.
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  This pair of images shows the before-and-after comparison of the part of comet Tempel 1 that was hit by the impactor from NASA's Deep Impact spacecraft.
February 15, 2011
NASA Releases Images of Man-Made Crater on Comet

NASA's Stardust spacecraft returned new images of a comet showing a scar resulting from the 2005 Deep Impact mission.
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  These two images show the different views of comet Tempel 1 seen by NASA's Deep Impact spacecraft (left) and NASA's Stardust spacecraft (right).
February 15, 2011
NASA Press Conference on Stardust-NExT Comet Flyby
News conference held Feb. 15 following the flyby of comet Tempel 1 by the Stardust-NExT spacecraft on Valentine’s Day, Feb.14.
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+ Archive of Feb. 15, 2011 NASA Comet Flyby: News Conference

   NASA's Stardust-NExT mission took this image of comet Tempel 1 at 8:39 p.m. PST (11:39 p.m. EST) on Feb 14, 2011. The comet was first visited by NASA's Deep Impact mission in 2005. Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Cornell
February 15, 2011
Comet Hunter's First Images on the Ground
Mission controllers at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif., have begun receiving the first of 72 anticipated images of comet Tempel 1 taken by NASA's Stardust spacecraft.
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+ NASA's Stardust Spacecraft Completes Comet Flyby
February 14, 2011
+ The Two Faces of Tempel 1
February 14, 2011
+ NASA Spacecraft Hours From Comet Encounter
February 14, 2011
+ NASA Hosting Events For Valentine's Night Comet Encounter
February 8, 2011
+ Stardust Celebrates Twelve Years With Rocket Burn
February 8, 2011
+ NASA Stardust Adjusts Flight Path for Comet Meetup
February 1, 2011
+ NASA Comet Hunter Spots Its Valentine
January 26, 2011

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+ Stardust Sample Return Press Kit (January 2006)
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(January 2004)
+ Stardust Press Kit
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Stardust-NExT is managed for NASA's Space Science Division by the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), a division of the California Institute of Technology (Caltech). Stardust is a collaborative partnership made up of the Cornell University, Lockheed Martin Space Systems, and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory/Caltech.

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Lockheed Martin Space Systems

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