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The Bruce Murray Space Image Library

Tempel 1, 42 hours before Stardust's flyby

Filed under pretty pictures, comets, comet Tempel 1, Stardust

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Tempel 1, 42 hours before Stardust's flyby This is the last optical navigation data taken by Stardust before its February 15, 2011 encounter with Tempel 1. It is a stack of five images of the comet. Mission scientists believe that they can detect the nucleus within these most recent images.


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This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License.
Contact us to request publication permission from the copyright holder. Original image data dated on or about February 13, 2011


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