NASA Destroyed Comet Hunter Satellite

NASA Destroyed Comet Hunter Satellite

NASA deliberately deactivated comet hunter satellite, burning his last reserves of fuel in the experiment to help engineers planning future missions. Stardust was launched in 1999 and in 2004 became the first and so far only satellite to collect samples of comet dust during a flight to the comet Wild 2. Samples have landed on Earth in a capsule in 2006. But Stardust continued its flight. Since all of its systems were normal, NASA has decided to convert it by adjusting its orbit to the intersection with the comet Tempel 1 on Feb. 14 this year.The mission of NASA’s Deep Impact mission punched a crater in Tempel 1 in 2005, but to get any image and failed. So scientists were ecstatic when the Stardust gave them pictures of the crater during a recent flight.

source:www.nasa.gov