MEDIA RELATIONS OFFICE
JET PROPULSION LABORATORY
CALIFORNIA INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY
NATIONAL AERONAUTICS AND SPACE ADMINISTRATION
PASADENA, CALIF. 91109. TELEPHONE (818) 354-5011
Contact: Jane Platt
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