A Report on the Stardust Mission

Presenter: Donald Brownlee, University of Washington
When: November 22, 2005 2:30PM PST

On January 2, 2004, Stardust finally reached its target for a brief
but daring encounter. The spacecraft flew within 236 km of the comet
Wild 2 and survived the high speed impact of millions of dust particles
and small rocks up to nearly half a centimeter across. With its tennis
racket shaped collector extended, Stardust captured thousands of comet
particles that will soon be returning to Earth on January 15, 2006.

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