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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, workers deploy an aerogel grid from the Stardust Sample Return Capsule (SRC) in the Class 100 Glove Box. 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 SRC 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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Workers prepare to open the Stardust Sample Return Capsule (SRC) residing in a Class 100 glove box.

STARDUST Spacecraft
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Workers deploy an aerogel grid from the Stardust Sample Return Capsule (SRC) in the Class 100 Glove Box.

STARDUST Spacecraft
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Workers inspect the aerogel grid from the Stardust Sample Return Capsule (SRC) to the right of the worker.

STARDUST Spacecraft
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The aerogel grid is fully deployed from the Stardust Sample Return Capsule (SRC) for final closeout.


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