STARDUST: Mission To A Comet
The STARDUST mission will be the first to return a sample from a comet. Launched in February 1999, STARDUST will encounter the comet Wild 2 in 2004. Samples of cometary particles will be collected using a unique material called aerogel. The samples will be stored in a reentry capsule and returned to Earth in 2006.
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More Information: Stardust Mission Home Page
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