STARDUST: The STARDUST spacecraft was launched on February 7, 1999.
The STARDUST spacecraft imaged the nucleus of Comet Wild 2, collected dust from both the comet's coma and from
interplanetary space and brought these dust sample back to Earth for analysis.
The spacecraft will continue on and flyby comet Tempel 1 on February 14, 2011.
Stardust Science Instruments:
Imager, impact dust mass spectrometer, aerogel dust sample collector
The Stardust spacecraft was built by Lockheed Martin Astronautics under contract to the
NASA/Jet Propulsion Laboratory. The principal investigator is Dr. Don Brownlee,
University of Washington, and the project management is located at the Jet Propulsion
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