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More than 136,000 names collected from around the world will be carried to Comet Wild-2 aboard the STARDUST spacecraft, and then returned back to Earth. If you have submitted your name in October-November 1997, and want to verify that it is on the microchip, click on the letters listed below. The names have been sorted alphabetically by last name (see below). Special thanks to the Planetary Society for collecting the names for the STARDUST project.

Two copies of this chip have been installed in the STARDUST spacecraft, which was launched into space on February 7, 1999. The STARDUST spacecraft is on its way to an encounter with Comet Wild-2 in 2004, and will return comet samples back to Earth in 2006. One of the microchips is inside the sample return capsule, so will be returned back to Earth. The other microchip will remain on the spacecraft and stay in space forever.

Look here for the latest updates on the STARDUST mission.

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Last updated November 26, 2003

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