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Tempel 1, 42 hours before Stardust's flyby

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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.

NASA / JPL / UMD

Original image data dated on or about February 13, 2011.

Most NASA images are in the public domain. Reuse of this image is governed by NASA's image use policy.

 

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