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The Stardust sample return capsule, containing comet samples, successfully returned to Earth on Jan. 15, 2006.


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Stardust -- Answering Cosmic Questions

Welcome to Stardust, NASA's comet sample return mission
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Artist's concept depicting Stardust encounter with comet Wild 2 in January 2004.
Stardust Comet Dust Resembles Asteroid Materials
01.25.08 -- Contrary to scientists' expectations, much of the comet dust returned by NASA's Stardust mission formed very close to the young sun and was somehow differentiated from the other materials that are believed to have formed in the early solar system.
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'needles' mounted on micro-manipulators
12.14.06
Stardust Comet Aerogel in UC Berkeley Lab 2
glass needle first cuts
12.14.06
Stardust Comet Aerogel in UC Berkeley Lab 1
researcher examines aerogel
12.14.06
Stardust Comet Aerogel in UC Berkeley Lab 3
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FEATURES
artist's concept of Stardust
Stardust Status Report
An update from Stardust Flight Director
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Photo of the Aviation Week Laureate Award.
Stardust Nominated for Aviation Week and Space Technology Laureate Award
Stardust Nominated for Aviation Week and Space Technology Laureate Award
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Samples of aerogel from Stardust mission
Comets as Toolkits for Jump-starting Life
Comets appear to be filled with organic molecules that are the building blocks of life.
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Stardust returns to Earth
Astrobiology and Stardust
NASA’s Stardust mission has provided the opportunity for astrobiologists to gain deeper insight into this history.
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VIDEO FEATURES
Stardust capsule returning from space
Movie: Stardust Capsule Reentry
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Stardust capsule returning from space
Protecting Stardust: NASA Ames and the Heat Shield
Researchers had to figure out what would be the best material for a heat shield during Stardust's high-speed re-entry.
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Discovery Program
Stardust is a mission in NASA's Discovery Program of lower cost, highly focused solar system investigations.
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Stardust Mission
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