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  Title:   Stardust-NExT: JPL NASA Comet Exploration Mission  
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  Coverage:   November 18, 2016 - November 18, 2016  
  Description:   Stardust-NExT-short for New Exploration of comet Tempel 1 is a follow on mission for Stardust. This mission is part of SMD's Discovery Program. A new mission called Stardust-NExT will finish the investigation begun in 2005 of comet Tempel 1. NASA's Stardust Next mission focuses on the exploration of comets and will perform data collection of the Stardust-NExT spacecraft through its encounter with comet Tempel 1 in 2011. The Stardust-NExT mission will also offer a unique opportunity to compare particle analysis from two comets, Wild 2 and Tempel 1, taken with the same instruments—and to compare two observations of a single comet, Tempel 1, taken before and after a single orbit around the sun. Joseph Veverka of Cornell University, Ithaca, N.Y., is Stardust-NExT's principal investigator.