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NASA Stardust-NExT mission

Artist concept of NASA's Stardust-NExT mission, which will fly by comet Tempel 1 Feb. 14, 2011.

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A bonus round is something one usually associates with the likes of a TV game show, not a pioneering deep space mission. "We are definitely in the bonus round," said Stardust-NExT Project Manager Tim Larson of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif.

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