stardust space mission

  • Launch

    Stardust was launched on February 7, 1999. This was a very important event because it started the mission
  • First Intersteller Space Dust Collection

    First Intersteller Space Dust Collection
    On May 4, 2000 Stardust made it's first intersteller space dust collection.
  • Earth Gravity Assist

    Earth Gravity Assist
    On January 15 2001, Stardust did a Earth Gravity Assist. Stardust got an energy boost from flying around the Earth to sling-shot it in to the path of Comet Wild 2.
  • Aphelion

    On April 18, 2002, Stardust reached its aphelion, its farthest distance from the Earth.
  • Annefrank

    On November 4,2002, Stardust flew past an asteriod named Annefrank. The flyby with Annefrank was practice for the encounter with Comet Wild 2.
  • Wild Comet 2

    Wild Comet 2
    On January 2, 2004 stardust grabbed two peices of dust as it flew past Comet Wild 2. this was a very inportant event because the particles of dust helped scientists determine the age of the comet. It also helped them find different building structures in the particles that weren't ice and dust
  • Samples Return

    Samples Return
    On January 15, 2006 Stardust sent down a capsule with the Comet Wild 2 samples in it. The capsule landed in Utah. This event was important because this is when the samples finally landed on earth so the scientists could study them.
  • Stardust NExT

    Stardust NExT
    On July 10, 2007 Sturdust started the Stardust NExT mission.
  • Comet Temple 1

    Comet Temple 1
    On February 14, 2011 Stardust took pictures of Comet Temple 1. This was very important because these pictures were very clear and because Stardust was able to take pictures of Comet Temple's nucleus
  • End of Mission

    End of Mission
    On March 9, 2011 stardust was decomissioned. It was a very important event beacause that was when the mission finally ended. Stardust helped scientists study dust samples and photoghraphs. Stardust was a very important mission beacause it helped scientists a lot.