Stardust Processing and Launch - KSC Video Feeds
Launched February 7, 1999 16:04:15.238 EST (21:04:15.238 GMT)
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Views of Stardust launch onboard a Boeing Delta-II from Cape Canaveral Air Station Launch Pad 17A
STARDUST is the space mission that will fly close to a comet and,
for the first time ever, bring cometary material back to Earth for
analysis by scientists worldwide.
Launched on February 7, 1999, Stardust is the first
U.S. mission dedicated solely to a comet and the first robotic return
of extraterrestrial material from outside the orbit of the Moon. Its
primary goal is to collect comet dust and volatile samples during a
planned close encounter with comet Wild 2 in January of
2004. Additionally, the Stardust spacecraft will also bring back
samples of interstellar dust including the recently discovered dust
streaming into the solar system from the direction of Sagittarius.
The spacecraft was launched on the 2nd day of its launch window.
The launch opportunity on February 6, 1999 16:07 EST was scrubbed due to
a problem with interpreting data from the onboard C-Band antenna.
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