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2-timing spacecraft has date with another comet

NASA's Stardust spacecraft, equipped with the University of Chicago's Dust Flux Monitor Instrument (DFMI), is hurtling at more than 24,000 miles an hour toward a Valentine's Day encounter with comet Tempel 1. Stardust will approach to within 124...

Spacecraft flew through ‘snowstorm’ on encounter with comet Hartley 2

COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- On its recent trip by comet Hartley 2, the Deep Impact spacecraft took the first pictures of, and flew through, a storm of fluffy particles of water ice being spewed out by carbon dioxide jets coming from the rough ends of t...

Primordial dry ice fuels comet jets

COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- One of the biggest comet findings coming out of the amazing images and data taken by the University of Maryland-led EPOXI mission as it zipped past comet Hartley 2 last week is that dry ice is the 'jet' fuel for this comet...

UMD-led deep impact spacecraft successfully flies by comet Hartley 2

COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- The University of Maryland-led EPOXI mission successfully flew by comet Hartley 2 at 10 a.m. EDT today, and the spacecraft has begun returning images. Hartley 2 is the fifth comet nucleus visited by any spacecraft and the s...

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