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Spacecraft survives close encounter with comet
'Stardust' to bring back particles that could unlock secrets of the universe
By Jeordan Legon
Friday, January 2, 2004 Posted: 6:17 PM EST (2317 GMT)
The Stardust spacecraft captured rare pictures of the nucleus of a comet.
(CNN) -- After traveling five years and 2.3 billion miles, a speeding NASA space probe pounced on the shimmering tail of a comet Friday, and appeared to trap tiny space dust to bring back to Earth without losing contact with mission control.