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NASA Scores “Hole in One” on Stardust-NExT Mission

February 16th, 2011

Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/University of Maryland/Cornell   Scientists are elated given the imagery and other data relayed to Earth during NASA’s Stardust-New Exploration of Tempel 1 (Stardust-NExT) February 14 flyby of a previously visited comet. “This mission is 100 percent successful,” said Joe Veverka, Stardust-NExT principal investigator of Cornell University, Ithaca, New York. “We saw a […]

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Fresh Photos! Tempel 1 Close-up via NASA’s Stardust-NExT mission

February 15th, 2011

Comet Tempel 1 – New imagery. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Cornell Comet Tempel 1 – New imagery. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Cornell   NASA’s Stardust-New Exploration of Tempel 1 (Stardust-NExT) has successfully flown by a previously visited comet. The spacecraft returned imagery of comet Tempel 1 at 8:39 p.m. PST (11:39 p.m. EST) on February 14, closing in to a distance […]

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Valentine’s Day Comet Rendezvous: Spacecraft to Hit the Sweet Spot

February 14th, 2011

NASA’s Stardust-New Exploration of Tempel 1 (Stardust-NExT) is on target. Mission controllers report that they are pleased with final optical navigation solutions that show the predicted delivery of the spacecraft for a comet rendezvous is within a “green zone.” The nominal flyby point is at 191 kilometers from the surface of the comet with an […]

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Heart to Heart: Send a Card to a Valentine’s Day Comet

February 11th, 2011

If you want to express a little love for comets, check out the offer tied to the upcoming February 14 flyby of NASA’s Stardust spacecraft of comet Tempel 1. The Jet Propulsion Laboratory has set up a little celestial love campaign. Participants can spread the love when you send one of their free Comet eCards […]

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