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Emily LakdawallaFebruary 24, 2011

Stardust update: last image taken today

According to the Stardust website, the spacecraft has continued taking navigational camera images of Tempel 1 since last Monday's flyby. But "This will end with a Navcam calibration that will take place [today]. This will be the end of the official Tempel 1 encounter activities. Planning is under way for the decommissioning of the spacecraft."

Thanks, Stardust, for a job so well done!

Stardust artist concept

NASA / JPL / UMD

Stardust artist concept
Stardust was the first spacecraft to return a cometary sample and extraterrestrial material to Earth from outside the orbit of the Moon. In 2004, Stardust made a close flyby of comet 81P/Wild (Wild 2), collecting comet and interstellar dust in a substance called aerogel.

Read more: mission status, comets, comet Tempel 1, Stardust

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