Stardust Spacecraft Passes Close to Earth

artist concept of Stardust-NExT Artist concept of Stardust-NExT. Image credit: NASA/JPL
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January 14, 2009

The NASA/JPL Stardust spacecraft flew within 9,000 kilometers (5,600 miles) of Earth today. The Stardust-NExT mission is scheduled for an encounter with comet Tempel 1 in Feb. 2011.

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