NASA Briefs Media on Comet Flyby


News conference held Feb. 15 following the flyby of comet Tempel 1 by the Stardust-NExT spacecraft on Valentine’s Day, Feb. 14. The spacecraft’s closest approach was a distance of 112 miles. Participants are: Ed Weiler, NASA’s associate administrator, Science Mission Directorate, Washington; Joe Veverka, Stardust-NExT principal investigator, Cornell University; Tim Larson, Stardust-NExT project manager, NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif.; Don Brownlee, Stardust-NExT co-investigator, University of Washington, Seattle; and Pete Schultz, Stardust-NExT co-investigator, Brown University.

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  1. It would have been cool if the spacecraft were able to come back. Have it swing back to Earth and be captured in the payload bay of the Shuttle. You can learn a lot about materials in space by studying how micrometeoroid debris (a large amount of it) impacts metals. Obviously not possible, but definitely would be interesting.

  2. why is there major posses and totaly cover up sounding stuff when you bring up the video we cant see yet for no reason you say like its god or something wtf is ammater with you guys ! dont make us crazy!

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