The Stardust – a successful encounter with the remarkable comet Wild 2

Brownlee, D. E.; Anderson, J. D; Atkins, K.; Bhaskaran, S.; Cheuvront, A. R.; Clark, B. C.; Duxbury, T. C.; Economou, T.; Hanner, M. S.; Hörz, F.; Kissel, J.; McDonnell, J. A. M.; Green, S.; Newburn, R. L.; Perkins, D. E.; Price, S.; Ryan, R. E.; Sandford, S.; Sekanina, Z.; Tsou, P.; Tuzzolino, A. J.; Villinga, J. M.; Williams, K. E. and Zolensky, M. E. (2004). The Stardust – a successful encounter with the remarkable comet Wild 2. In: 35th Lunar and Planetary Science Conference, 15-19 Mar 2004, Houston, Texas, USA.

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Abstract

On January 2, 2004 the Stardust spacecraft completed a close flyby of comet Wild2 (P81). Flying at a relative speed of 6.1 km/s within 237km of the 5 km nucleus, the spacecraft took 72 close-in images, measured the flux of impacting particles and did TOF mass spectrometry.

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