Mission News

This composite image shows the three worlds NASA's Stardust spacecraft encountered during its 12 year mission.

NASA Stardust Spacecraft Officially Ends Operations

On Feb. 24, team members for NASA's Stardust spacecraft intentionally commanded the spacecraft to burn its rocket engines until the fuel ran out, ...

› Read More
Artist concept of NASA's Stardust spacecraft

NASA's Stardust: Good to the Last Drop

NASA's most traveled comet hunter goes out in style with one final burn of its rocket motors.

› Read More
Comet Tempel 1 impact site

NASA Releases Images of Man-Made Crater on Comet

NASA's Stardust spacecraft returned new images of a comet showing a scar resulting from the 2005 Deep Impact mission.

› Read More
Comet Tempel 1 as Seen by NASA's Stardust

Comet Hunter's First Images on the Ground

Mission controllers at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif., have begun receiving the first of 72 anticipated images of comet Tempel 1 ...

› Read More
Artist concept of Stardust-NExT mission

NASA's Stardust Spacecraft Completes Comet Flyby

Mission controllers at JPL watched as data downlinked from the Stardust spacecraft indicated it completed its closest approach with comet Tempel 1.

› Read More

Mission Features

  • Stardust Logs A Decade Under The Stars

    02.06.09 - Saturday, Feb. 7, marks the 10th anniversary of the launch of NASA's well-traveled Stardust spacecraft.

  • Stardust Spacecraft Passes Close to Earth

    01.14.09 - The NASA/JPL Stardust spacecraft flew within 9,000 kilometers (5,600 miles) of Earth today. The Stardust-NExT mission is scheduled for an encounter with comet Tempel 1 in Feb. 2011.

  • Stardust Spacecraft Burns For Home

    11.18.08 - The NASA/JPL Stardust spacecraft fired its engines today to prepare for a Jan. 14, 2009, Earth flyby. Stardust is scheduled to fly past comet Tempel 1 in 2011.

Media Resources

Media Contacts