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2004-Jan-07, 06:46 PM
SUMMARY: Now that it's survived its dangerous journey through the tail of Comet Wild-2, NASA's Stardust spacecraft is heading for home. On board is its precious cargo of comet fragments that will be returned to Earth in 2006 for analysis by scientists. Even though the spacecraft's camera was only really designed for navigation, it took 72 photographs which are some of the best images of a comet ever taken. Scientists hope that the cometary particles will help answer questions about the earliest history of our solar system.

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