PIA03181: Stardust Returns to Earth (Artist's Concept)
Mission: Stardust
Spacecraft: Stardust
Product Size: 1280 x 720 pixels (width x height)
Produced By: JPL
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This artist's rendering depicts Stardust returning to Earth. Stardust is the first U.S. space mission dedicated solely to the exploration of a comet, and the first robotic mission designed to return extraterrestrial material from outside the orbit of the Moon. The Stardust spacecraft will bring back samples of interstellar dust, including recently discovered dust streaming into our Solar System from the direction of Sagittarius.

Image Credit:
NASA/JPL

Image Addition Date:
2005-11-03