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Stardust is part of the NASA Discovery Program, a set of missions designed to explore deep space to achieve exceptional scientific results at the lowest possible cost.


JPL manages the Stardust mission and also provided the optical navigation camera.


Caltech manages JPL for NASA's Office of Space Science.


The principal investigator, Dr. Donald Brownlee, is from the University of Washington. Dr. Brownlee is well known for his work on cosmic particles in the stratosphere, known as Brownlee particles.


Lockheed Martin Astronautics brings years of experience in space missions to the project. The company built the lightweight, low-cost Stardust spacecraft and Sample-Return Capsule.


Boeing designed and built the Delta rocket, that blasted Stardust into space in February 1999.


The Max-Planck-Institut fur extraterrestrische Physik provided the Cometary and Interstellar Dust Analyzer Instrument.


NASA Ames Research Center developed a new carbon--based heat shield that will protect the return capsule, when it returns to Earth.


The University of Chicago provided the Dust Flux Monitor Instrument.


The Stardust Curation Team, located at JSC in Houston, Texas, handles the Sample Return Capsule and its precious cargo of interstellar dust grains and cometary dust particles.


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