Wednesday, January 04, 2006

Scientists Prepare for Stardust Return Capsule

If all goes well, in 10 days NASA's Stardust spacecraft will safely return its precious cargo of interstellar dust and cometary particles. It's mission to sample and collect material from Comet Wild 2 is complete except for returning those samples to earth.

The NASA/JPL project has traveled billions of miles the last seven years and expectations are high for a successful ending. Popular interest is also running high: More than 300,000 hits in less than half a second on a Google search for "Stardust Spacecraft".

Here's a link to build your own Stardust model.

Now, let's just hope the celebration continues past the 15th...

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