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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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  Artist rendition of spacecraft approaching Comet Tempel 1
February 14, 2011
NASA's Stardust Spacecraft Completes Comet Flyby

Mission controllers at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif., watched as data downlinked from the Stardust spacecraft indicated it completed its closest approach with comet Tempel 1. An hour after closest approach, the spacecraft turned to point its large, high-gain antenna at Earth.
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Delta rocket carrying Stardust spacecraft at launch
+ Reusing the Stardust Spacecraft to Survey Tempel 1
+ Stardust-NExT Mission Brief (PDF 136 Kb)
+ Behind the Original Stardust Mission
+ What Did Deep Impact See?
+ Stardust Flies By Earth
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Tempel 1 awaits exploration
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Artist rendering of Stardust spacecraft
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