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Stardust March 12, 2006

Posted by dr. gonzo in Space.
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A piece of Comet Wild 2 stuck in aerogel.

Monday, March 13 NASA will hold a news conference regarding the returned samples from the Stardust mission. The conference starts at 2 p.m. here in the Midwest and can be viewed on NASA TV via the Web.

The conference will focus on the results of studies concerning the first analyzed samples returned from the comet.

Stardust is the first U.S. space mission dedicated solely to the exploration of a comet. Launched on Feb. 7, 1999 the probe encountered Comet Wild 2 (pronounced “Vilt 2”) in January of 2004 and returned samples from the comet to Earth early this year.

Related Links:

NASA Stardust Web site

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