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FILE - In this Jan. 11, 1999 file photo, workers at Kennedy Space Center in Florida watch as the Stardust spacecraft is lowered. NASA on Thursday, March 24, 2011 ordered its comet-hunting Stardust probe to burn its remaining fuel, setting off a series of events that will shut down the spacecraft after a 12-year career (AP Photo/NASA, File)

FILE - In this Jan. 11, 1999 file photo, workers at Kennedy Space Center in Florida watch as the Stardust spacecraft is lowered. NASA on Thursday, March 24, 2011 ordered its comet-hunting Stardust probe to burn its remaining fuel, setting off a series of events that will shut down the spacecraft after a 12-year career (AP Photo/NASA, File)

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