Saturday, January 03, 2004

Stardust Comet EncounterStardust Image of Comet Wild 2. Yesterday, NASA's Stardust spacecraft had a successful encounter with Comet Wild-2. The spacecraft was launched in 1999 with a mission to flyby Wild 2, obtain a sample of the comet, and return it to Earth. (NASA has a great press kit, that details the mission, etc.) The sample will touch down on January 15, 2006, at a US Air Force base in Utah, when Wild flies by Earth and drops its payload. I hope the NASA kids have a good, secure place to ready when they open that capsule -- I've seen movies!


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