The Stardust-NExT probe flew to within 112 miles of Comet Tempel I on February 14, taking a series of photos of the comet. Comet Tempel had previously been visited by a NASA spacecraft in 2005, when Deep Impact collided with the comet. This is the first time a comet has been revisited after a complete orbit. Photos have shown that erosion has changed the face of the comet, but the impact crater left by Deep Impact appears to have partially healed itself.
Author Pam “Pogo” Poggiani died in February from cardiac arrest. Poggiani was active on the Baen Bar boards and published the essay “A Looming Challenge” in Grantville Gazette IV. Poggiani was also active in the ReadAssist program to aid fans who have physical problems that make reading or communicating difficult. She was known as Lady Melusine Whitcroft the Petite in the Society for Creative Anachronism.