Press Release

NASA Announces First Comet Sample Return to Earth

By SpaceRef Editor
December 15, 2005
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NASA Announces First Comet Sample Return to Earth

NASA will brief news media at 1 p.m. EST, Wednesday, Dec. 21, about the return of the Stardust capsule. The capsule is carrying cometary and interstellar dust particles back to Earth. The briefing is at NASA headquarters, 300 E Street S.W., Washington. It will air live on the Web and on NASA TV’s Public and Media channels.


  • Andy Dantzler, Director, Solar System Division, NASA Headquarters
  • Tom Duxbury, Project Manager, Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) Pasadena, Calif.
  • Ed Hirst, Mission System Manager, JPL
  • Dr. Don Brownlee, Principal Investigator, University of Washington, Seattle

Question-and-answer capability for reporters is available from participating NASA centers. To ask questions by phone, reporters must call the JPL media relations office NLT 5 p.m. EST, Tuesday at: (818) 354-5011 to obtain a call-in number.

NASA TV’s Public, Education and Media channels are available on an MPEG-2 digital C-band signal accessed via satellite AMC-6, at 72 degrees west longitude, transponder 17C, 4040 MHz, vertical polarization. In Alaska and Hawaii, they’re on AMC-7 at 137 degrees west longitude, transponder 18C, at 4060 MHz, horizontal polarization. A Digital Video Broadcast compliant Integrated Receiver Decoder is required for reception. For digital downlink information for each NASA TV channel and access to NASA TV’s Public Channel on the Web, visit:

For information about Stardust on the Web, visit:

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SpaceRef staff editor.