PIA13853: Comet Tempel 1 as Seen by NASA's Stardust
Target Name: Tempel 1
Is a satellite of: Sol (our sun)
Mission: StardustNExT
Spacecraft: Stardust
Instrument: Stardust Navigation Camera
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Produced By: Cornell University
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NASA's Stardust-NExT mission transmitted the first image it took during its approach to comet Tempel 1 at 8:35 p.m. PST (11:35 p.m. EST) on Feb. 14, 2011. The comet was first visited by NASA's Deep Impact mission in 2005.

Stardust-NExT is a low-cost mission that will expand the investigation of comet Tempel 1 initiated by NASA's Deep Impact spacecraft. JPL, a division of the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, manages Stardust-NExT for the NASA Science Mission Directorate, Washington, D.C. Joe Veverka of Cornell University, Ithaca, N.Y., is the mission's principal investigator. Lockheed Martin Space Systems, Denver, built the spacecraft and manages day-to-day mission operations.

For more information about Stardust-NExT, please visit http://stardustnext.jpl.nasa.gov.

Image Credit:
NASA/JPL-Caltech/Cornell

Image Addition Date:
2011-02-15