NASA’s Stardust spacecraft will have a special Valentine’s Day rendezvous with Comet Tempel-1 tonight. This is the second time NASA has visited the comet — the first was in 2005 when the Deep Impact spacecraft made a planned impact on the comet’s surface.
Update: NASA has received images from the Stardust spacecraft, but it appears the crater left by Deep Impact has “healed” to some extent.
- NASA’s Discovery Mission: Deep Impact
- NASA’s Discovery Mission: Stardust-NExT
- Solar System Exploration: Comets
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