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Photos Of STARDUST At Kennedy Space Center

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KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- In the Payload Hazardous Servicing Facility, the Stardust spacecraft is ready for the sample return capsule to be attached. Stardust will use a unique medium called aerogel to capture comet particles flying off the nucleus of comet Wild 2 in January 2004, plus collect interstellar dust for later analysis. The collected samples will return to Earth in the re-entry capsule to be jettisoned as it swings by Earth in January 2006. Stardust is scheduled to be launched aboard a Boeing Delta 7426 rocket from Complex 17, Cape Canaveral Air Station, on Feb. 6, 1999.

STARDUST Spacecraft
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The Stardust spacecraft is ready for the sample return capsule to be attached.

STARDUST Spacecraft
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Workers get ready to lower the return capsule onto the Stardust spacecraft.

STARDUST Spacecraft
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Workers attach the re-entry capsule to the Stardust spacecraft.

Last Updated: November 26, 2003

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