Stardust-NExT Ready for Comet Encounter

Two hundred million miles from Earth, the Stardust-NExT spacecraft is expected to fly within 125 miles of comet Tempel 1 on Valentine’s night – just prior to midnight EST. The cameras on the exploring NExT spacecraft should take the first-ever digital high resolution images of a 2005 impact made on the surface of the comet by the Deep Impact mission.


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