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Here we list links to the primary mission website as well as pages about the mission on other sites such as the NSSDC, NASA portal, etc.

Stardust-NExT Mission

The Stardust-NExT (New Exploration of Tempel 1) mission used the Stardust spacecraft to flyby comet 9P/Tempel 1 on 15 February 2011 04:42:00 UTC at a closest approach distance of 181 km and only 39 days after perihelion. The mission obtained high resolution images of the coma and nucleus and measured the composition, size distribution, and flux of dust emitted into the coma. Stardust-NExt viewed a portion of the hemisphere studied by Deep Impact (DI) and successfully imaged the crater made by the DI impactor on 4 July 2005. Stardust-NExt also viewed a significant portion of nucleus that was not observed by DI.

The SBN is the lead PDS node to archive the Stardust-NExT mission data. The approved NExT Data Management and Archive Plan is available as a PDF file (596 KB).

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