The three comets visited by Stardust on its 12 year journey (Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/UW/Cornell)
Artist's impression of Stardust (Image: NASA)
Technicians removing the dust sample canister from the capsule returned to Earth - Jan 19, 2006 (Image: NASA)
Artistâ€™s concept of the final firing of Stardust's rockets on March 24, 2011 (Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech)
NASA's comet trekking spacecraft Stardust has officially ended operations. Stardust sent its last transmission to Earth on March 24 having traveled an incredible 3.54 billion miles over a 12 year period to become "NASA's most traveled comet hunter."
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