Detail View: NASA Kennedy Center Media Archive Collection: In the Payload Hazardous Servicing Facility, a canister (left) is moved toward the Stardust spacecraft (right). The protective canister will enclose Stardust before the spacecraft is moved to Launch Pad 17-A, Cape Canaveral Air Station, for launch preparations. Stardust is targeted for liftoff on Feb. 6 aboard a Boeing Delta II rocket for a close encounter with the comet Wild 2 in January 2004. Using a silicon-based substance called aerogel, Stardust will capture comet particles flying off the nucleus of the comet. The spacecraft also will bring back samples of interstellar dust. These materials consist of ancient pre-solar interstellar grains and other remnants left over from the formation of the solar system. Scientists expect their analysis to provide important insights into the evolution of the sun and planets and possibly into the origin of life itself. The collected samples will return to Earth in a sample return capsule to be jettisoned as Stardust swings by Earth in January 2006

Description: 
In the Payload Hazardous Servicing Facility, a canister (left) is moved toward the Stardust spacecraft (right). The protective canister will enclose Stardust before the spacecraft is moved to Launch Pad 17-A, Cape Canaveral Air Station, for launch preparations. Stardust is targeted for liftoff on Feb. 6 aboard a Boeing Delta II rocket for a close encounter with the comet Wild 2 in January 2004. Using a silicon-based substance called aerogel, Stardust will capture comet particles flying off the nucleus of the comet. The spacecraft also will bring back samples of interstellar dust. These materials consist of ancient pre-solar interstellar grains and other remnants left over from the formation of the solar system. Scientists expect their analysis to provide important insights into the evolution of the sun and planets and possibly into the origin of life itself. The collected samples will return to Earth in a sample return capsule to be jettisoned as Stardust swings by Earth in January 2006
Release Date: 
01/27/1999
Photo Credit: 
NASA or National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Release: 
National Aeronautics and Space Administration John F. Kennedy Space Center Kennedy Space Center, Florida 32899
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Earth
facet_where: 
Florida
facet_when: 
01-27-1999
facet_when_year: 
1999
Photo Number: 
KSC-99PC-0121
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SPD-KSCMA-KSC-99PC-0121
original url: 
http://mediaarchive.ksc.nasa.gov/detail.cfm?mediaid=3942