[Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Cornell] Late last night Nasa’s Stardust NExT spacecraft swept past Comet Tempel 1 on the final leg of its 12-year mission. The BBC reports that the spacecraft was about 180 km (110 miles) from the 7.5 km wide comet nucleus during closest approach – the earlier linked Nasa report more accurately records that closest approach at 181 km (112 miles).
In the meantime here’s a short video on the Stardust NExT mission.
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Update The press conference is being re-broadcast
Adds I’ve updated the featured image and here’s one highlighting the crater caused by the Deep Impact probe – from the Nasa Stardust NExt website.