Comet Nucleus Tour (CONTOUR)
Country USA Mission Comet Rendezous To Three Comets Launch Date July 2002 Launch Vehicle ?? Spacecraft Mass ?? kg Key Dates Nov 2003 - Comet Encke Flyby
Jun 2006 - Comet Schwassmann-Wachmann-3 Flyby
Aug 2008 - Comet d'Arrest Flyby
End of Mission 2008 Comments First mission to encounter three comets
The Comet Nucleus Tour (CONTOUR) will take images and comparative spectral maps of at least three comet nuclei and analyze the dust flowing from them. CONTOUR is led by Dr. Joseph Veverka of Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, at a total cost to NASA of $154 million. It is scheduled for launch in July 2002, with its first comet flyby to occur in November 2003. This flyby of Comet Encke at a distance of about 60 miles (100 kilometers) will be followed by similar encounters with Comet Schwassmann-Wachmann-3 in June 2006 and Comet d'Arrest in August 2008.
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