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Close Encounter With Comet Wild-2

From: Nick Balaskas <nikolaos@YorkU.CA>
Date: Mon, 27 Jul 1998 18:21:40 -0700 (Pacific Daylight Time)
Fwd Date: Tue, 28 Jul 1998 09:57:44 -0400
Subject: Close Encounter With Comet Wild-2


Hi everyone,

Last year UFO UpDates subscribers had an opportunity to have
their signature or personal handwritten message scanned onto a
CD-ROM which was placed in the European Space Agency probe
Huygens (part of NASA's Cassini spacecraft) that will land on
Saturn's largest moon, Titan. A few months ago the same
subscribers were told of how they could have their name sent to
the south polar region of Mars aboard NASA's Mars Polar Lander.
If you missed out on these two chances, you can now send your
name to a comet (no, not Hale-Bopp) aboard NASA's Stardust
spacecraft. Go to the following web site to enter your name:

http://stardust.jpl.nasa.gov/microchip/signup.html

The NASA Stardust mission will collect some of the particles
ejected from Comet Wild-2 and return them back to Earth in 2006,
along with the microchip containing your name.

Although scientists may have already examined what may be comet
particles from Tunguska in Siberia or from debris embedded in
spacecraft which have returned to Earth, this should be the
first time we get actual fragments from a comet, objects which
originate from the outer most regions of our solar system beyond
Pluto. Of course, Earth may still have a actual close encounter
with a comet (like Jupiter had a few years ago) similar to that
in the movies "Deep Impact" or "Armageddon" in the next few
years. If this happens, NASA will not likely send Stardust to
Comet Wild-2, with your name on it, but may still launch another
comet mission with astronaut heros Robert Duvall and/or Bruce
Willis aboard. ;o)

Nick Balaskas