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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE						August 6, 1998

STARDUST NAME CAMPAIGN ZOOMS PAST ONE MILLION MARK

More than one million people have signed up to have their names electronically engraved on the second of two microchips that will fly aboard NASA's Stardust spacecraft. Stardust is scheduled for launch on a round-trip journey to a comet next February.

The one-millionth signature was received Wednesday, August 6, at 5:49 p.m. Pacific Daylight Time. The first microchip, which contained 136,000 names collected last fall, has already been installed on the spacecraft, which is being assembled at Lockheed Martin Astronautics, Denver, CO. The "Send Your Name to a Comet" effort is being coordinated by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory and the National Space Society.

Names may be submitted only electronically, either on the Stardust web site at or the National Space Society website at



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