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January 23, 2011

NASA Spacecraft Prepares for Valentine's Day Comet Rendezvous

On February 14th, 2010 the NASA spacecraft Stardust-NExT will have an encounter with the comet Temple 1, a Jupiter-family comet. Back in 2005 another NASA spacecraft, Deep Impact delivered an impactor to the comet. This encounter will allow scientists to examine the changes on the comet that occurred since then during which time the comet orbited the sun. Stardust-NExT will take 72 high resolution images in an attempt to examine the dust emitted into the comet’s coma- the material surrounding its nucleus. Hopefully the information collected will give insight into how the comet and others like it formed and evolved.
The full article can be found at http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/stardust/news/stardust20110119.html

Posted by emschnei at January 23, 2011 08:54 PM

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