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Stardust is the first spacecraft with the ability to retrieve samples obtained in space and return them to Earth for research.


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 01.02.04 - Stardust Makes Great Catch
Stardust flew within 149 miles of Comet Wild 2 and captured particles from the comet.
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 12.31.03 - Stardust Entered Comet's Coma
On Jan. 2, the Stardust spacecraft will fly through the halo of dust and gas that surrounds the nucleus of comet Wild 2.
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 12.30.03 - Comet Hunter Closing on Quarry
Project manager Tom Duxbury says NASA's Stardust spacecraft is "good to go" as it prepares to fly by comet Wild 2 on January 2, grabbing particles to bring back to Earth.
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 12.19.03 - Stardust Status Report
The Stardust team has had daily communications with the spacecraft in the past week. The spacecraft remains in very good shape as it approaches its date with comet Wild 2 in about 13 days.
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 12.01.03 - NASA Spacecraft Pinpoints Where the
Wild Thing is

Forty-nine days before its historic rendezvous with a comet, NASA's Stardust spacecraft successfully photographed its quarry, comet Wild 2
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 Stardust image of comet Wild 2
Stardust "Dukes" It Out With Comet Wild 2
Spacecraft's shielding is breeched 10 times during flyby through comet's particles.
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 Stardust photo of Comet Wild 2
Comet Gets Its Close-Up
The second image from NASA's Stardust spacecraft shows Comet Wild 2 in a "quarter moon" view.
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 computer graphic of the Stardust craft capturing particles from a comet
Stardust
Learn about the Stardust spacecraft and educational resources related to the mission.
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 The Stardust navigation camera
Spotlight: Catching the Wild Child - How Stardust Stays on Target
In January, NASA's Stardust mission will fly through the halo of dust that surrounds the nucleus of a comet.
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 Artistic rendering of Stardust spacecraft
Stardust Rides the Comet
Stardust is the first robotic spacecraft to fly by a comet and return extraterrestrial material to Earth.
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 Stardust image of comet Wild 2
Stardust's Successful Flyby
Stardust made its way safely through comet's dust and dirt.
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 Dr. Shyam Bhaskaram explains the Stardust Mission.
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Dr. Shyam Bhaskaram explains the Stardust Mission.
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 Artistic rendering of Stardust and comet Wild 2
Stardust Finds its Target
Stardust photographs comet Wild-2 15 and a half million miles away.
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 Stardust Mission Web Site
Learn more about NASA's comet sample return mission
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 Stardust Press Kit
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 Cool Facts about Stardust and Comets
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