PIA03183: Stardust Comet Wild 2 Encounter (Artist's Concept)
 Mission:  Stardust
 Spacecraft:  Stardust
 Product Size:  2400 x 3000 pixels (w x h)
 Produced By:  JPL
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Artist's rendering of the Stardust spacecraft. The spacecraft was launched on February 7, 1999, from Cape Canaveral Air Station, Florida, aboard a Delta II rocket. The primary goal of Stardust is to collect dust and carbon-based samples during its closest encounter with Comet Wild 2 -- pronounced "Vilt 2" after the name of its Swiss discoverer.

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