Microchips on Stardust

Stardust was a comet sample return mission that was launched on February 7, 1999.

Microchip #1 was the result of a first name collection effort which ran from October to November 1997. 136,000 names were collected. The names on Microchip #2 (more than 1 million) were collected during May-August 1998.

Two copies of each chip were installed on the spacecraft (for a total of four chips). Two of the microchips (#1 & #2) are inside the Sample Return Capsule, and have returned back to Earth with the capsule on January 15, 2006. The other two chips are still on the spacecraft body and will remain in space forever.

You can find more information about the microchips here.

The microchips that have returned to Earth are still attached to the hardware and reside at Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas. According to NASA, plans are to place the returned microchips in a major museum, most likely the Smithsonian Air & Space Museum in Washington, D.C.

My name is on microchips #2 and can be found on this page.

Details about the microchips inside the Sample Return Capsule:
Date of Launch: 1997-02-07
Date of Landing: 2006-01-15
Currrent location: Johnson Space Center, Houston, Texas

Details about the microchips inside the spacecraft body:
Date of Launch: 1997-02-07
Current location: somewhere in space

And here is the homepage of the Stardust mission

The path of spacecraft Stardust


Images: NASA