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11-Nov-02 | Stardust zooms past asteroid

Early on 2 November, Stardust passed within about 3,000 kilometers of the asteroid 5535 Annefrank. The fly-by was a highly successful test of the camera tracking system, with more than 60 images taken with the asteroid neatly centered in nearly every frame. Scientists were surprised to find that Annefrank is considerably larger, and dimmer in albedo, than previous observations had led them to surmise.


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