Stardust-NExT

Stardust-NExT (Artist Concept) Stardust-NExT (Artist Concept)

Artist concept of NASA's Stardust-NExT mission, which will fly by comet Tempel 1 on Feb. 14, 2011.
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Mission Summary

Stardust-NExT was a follow-on mission that repurposed the Stardust spacecraft for a close re-encounter with comet Tempel 1 on Feb. 14, 2011. Stardust-NExT's objective was to examine the area where Deep Impact, which visited Tempel 1 in 2005, had released an impactor on the surface of the comet.

The mission marked several firsts, including the first time a comet had been revisited by a spacecraft and the first time a comet had been studied before and after its close flyby of the sun.

Scientific Instrument(s)

- Imaging system
- Cometary and Interstellar Dust Analyzer (CIDA)
- Dust Flux Monitor Instrument (DFM)


Type: Flyby
 
Status: Past
 
Launch Date: February 07, 1999
4:04 p.m. EST (21:04 UTC)
 
Mission End Date: March 24, 2011
 
Target: comet Tempel 1
 
Destination: comet Tempel 1
 
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