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Links to broadcast quality audio files and transcripts -- Dr. Scott Sandford, astrophysicist at NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, Calif., was interviewed about the Stardust comet sample-return mission – humanity’s first opportunity to study the original material from which our solar system was built. Launched in 1999, the mission is flying to a rendezvous with the Wild-2 (pronounced VILD-TWO) comet in 2004 and is scheduled to return samples of cometary dust to Earth in 2006. The stardust mission is slated to be the first to return a sample from outside the Earth’s moon system. More information about the mission is on the Internet at:

This interview was posted on the web April 28, 2003. Sandford provided these comments prior to a talk he gave about the mission at Foothill College, Los Altos Hills, Calif. on April 23.

Question 1. What is the Stardust spacecraft’s mission?

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1. What is the Stardust spacecraft’s mission?(14 SECONDS)

Dr. Scott Sandford: "The Stardust Discovery Mission is a mission to go to a comet. The name of the comet is Wild-2. Collect a sample, and return it to the Earth so we can study it in the laboratories here on the surface of our planet instead of having to study it out in space."

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