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  NAVCAM calibration data processing pipeline logic flow
Stardust-NExT NAVCAM Calibration and Performance (2012)
Significant improvements in the calibration of the Stardust-NExT NAVCAM have been realized through the acquisition of new calibration data during the NExT mission as well as reanalysis of prime mission data.
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  Albedo Map
Photomometry of the Nucleus of Comet 9P /Tempel 1 (2012)
The photometric properties of Tempel 1's nucleus remain the same as derived from the Deep Impact data collected one apparition ago.
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  circular pits that are distributed across the surface of comet Tempel 1
Origin of Pits on 9P/Tempel1 & Geologic Signature of Outbursts (2012)
The origin of the circular pits that are distributed across the surface of comet Tempel 1 in an irregular band following high terrain in Stardust-NExT images is analyzed.
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  composite view of the impacted region of comet Tempel 1
Examination of the Deep Impact Collision Site on Comet
Tempel 1 (2012)

A detailed study of the Deep Impact collision site on comet 9P Tempel 1 as imaged by the Stardust-NExT spacecraft in February of 2011.
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  Comparison of common features identified in Stardust-NExT image at
Deep Impact Crater on 9P/Tempel 1 (2012)
Comparison between clear images of the pre-impact surface (ITS camera on the Deep Impact probe) and the ejection sequence over 15 minutes (Deep Impact flyby) allows inferring the size of the DI crater and its fate.
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  top views of the shape of comet Tempel 1 from six orthogonal directions
Nucleus of Comet 9P/Tempel : Shape & Geology from Two Flybys (2012)
The flyby of comet Tempel 1 by Stardust-NExT on February 14, 2011 revealed new parts of the surface hidden from view of the Deep Impact spacecraft in July 2005.
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Science in Depth

3D colors show comet outgassing
+ Mission Science Objectives
+ Why Study Comet Tempel 1?
+ Mission Results from Deep Impact
+ Stardust Sample Analysis

Science in the News

Water spots on Comet Tempel 1
+ Water Ice Found on Nucleus of Tempel 1
+ First Evidence of Weathering on Comet Wild 2
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Exploring Comets

Comet streaks across blue sky
+ Why Study Comets?
+ Creating Colorful Comets
+ Comets in Ancient Cultures

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Luisa Lara

Luisa Lara, Co-Investigator

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