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Comet Craft in Pieces, Astronomers Fear

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Science  23 Aug 2002:
Vol. 297, Issue 5585, pp. 1253
DOI: 10.1126/science.297.5585.1253a

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Scientists may have lost their best shot at understanding how comets evolve with the apparent destruction of the $159 million Contour spacecraft. The NASA payload is thought to have broken into at least two pieces last week while accelerating to leave Earth orbit.