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Workers get ready to rotate the Stardust spacecraft before deploying the solar panels at left and right for lighting tests.

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In the Payload Hazardous Servicing Facility, workers get ready to rotate the Stardust spacecraft before deploying the solar panels (at left and right) for lighting tests. Stardust is scheduled to be launched aboard a Boeing Delta II rocket from Launch Pad 17A, Cape Canaveral Air Station, on Feb. 6, 1999, for a rendezvous with the comet Wild 2 in January 2004. Stardust will use a substance called aerogel to capture comet particles flying off the nucleus of the comet, plus collect interstellar dust for later analysis. The collected samples will return to Earth in a sample return capsule to be jettisoned as it swings by Earth in January 2006

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  • Title: Workers get ready to rotate the Stardust spacecraft before deploying the solar panels at left and right for lighting tests.
  • Location: Cape Canaveral, FL
  • Owner: KSC
  • Album: cbabir
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