2003 News Article

STIRLINGS IN SPACE

Stirlings In SpaceIt may be a surprise to some, but 133 Stirling Family Members have been launched into space!  Read on:

The Stardust mission was launched into space in early February 1999. Its destination - Comet Wild 2 (pronounced Vilt 2 after its Swiss named founder) its mission, to capture cometary materials before returning to earth in 2006 via the Sample Return Module. The Stardust spacecraft will remain in orbit around the sun for all time.

Stardust will encounter Comet Wild 2 in 2004, while nearly 390 million kilometers (242 million miles) from earth. En route to the comet, the spacecraft will collect interstellar dust particles. These samples will provide a window into the distant past, helping scientists around the world to unravel mysteries surrounding the birth and evolution of our Solar System.

During October-November, 1997, over 136,000 names were collected, and the names were etched on the microchip in December 1997. The chip was then delivered to Denver, Colorado where the spacecraft was being assembled. The microchip was inserted inside the Sample Return Capsule where it currently resides. A second copy of the chip was placed on the spacecraft body. 

StardustThe STARDUST spacecraft is on its way to an encounter with Comet Wild-2 in 2004, and will return comet samples back to Earth in 2006.

A second name collection effort was performed from May-August 1998. For the second microchip, they found a location on the back of the arm holding the dust collector for the chip to reside. They collected over 1 million names for the second chip. Like with the first microchip, two copies were made, with one inside the Sample Return Capsule, and the other copy on the spacecraft body.

Names with a military rank in parens are from the Viet Nam War Memorial Wall.

The Stirling/Sterling/Starlings on board in Chip 1 are ...

BRENT STERLING, CHRISTIAN STERLING, DANA STERLING, DAVID R. STERLING, JOHN W. STERLING, MARK STERLING, MICHAEL STERLING,
R. STERLING, ROBERT STERLING, WILLIAM RICHARD HINDS-STIRLING  (Clan Stirling Online's Webmaster!), CHARLENE STIRLING, HOWARD STIRLING, JOHN STIRLING, NORMAN C. STIRLING, PATRICIA STIRLING, RACHEL STARLING.

The Stirling/Sterling/Starlings on board in Chip 2 are ...

DAVID WALTER STERLING (1LT/MARINE CORPS), ROBERT ALLEN STERLING (BM3/NAVY), JOHN CHARLES STERLING (CPL/ARMY), ROBERT JAMES STERLING (SP4/ARMY), CHARLES WESLEY STERLING (SSG/ARMY), RICHARD JOE STERLING (SSGT/AIR FORCE), SARAH STERLING-O'NEIL, ACE C STERLING,
ANDREW STERLING, BARBARA W STERLING, BETTY CS STERLING, BOBBY D STERLING, BRIAN STERLING, BRITTANY Q STERLING, CAROLINE STERLING, CATHERINE M STERLING, CHRISTA L STERLING, CHRISTOPHER STERLING, DALE STERLING, DANA STERLING, DEBRA C STERLING, DYAN STERLIN STERLING, ELIZABETH ALBRITTAIN STERLING, ELIZABETH M STERLING, ERIC M STERLING, HARVEY J STERLING, HELIUM HEELS STERLING, J.MATT STERLING, JAMES STERLING, JOHN F STERLING, JOHN R STERLING, JORDAN RYALS STERLING, JOYCE STERLING, JUANITA STERLING, JULIE L STERLING, JUSTICE IAN STERLING, KATHRYN JANECE STERLING, KEN J STERLING, KENNETH G STERLING, KENNETH L STERLING, LINDSAY B STERLING, LT MAXIMILLIAN STERLING, LT. MIRYA STERLING, LYNN STERLING, MARGEAUX RENAE STERLING, MARI J STERLING, MARIA L STERLING
MAX STERLING, MIRIYA STERLING, MYRIA STERLING, NANCI STERLING, NIKITA L STERLING, POOKIE B STERLING, RICHARD R STERLING, RICHARD W STERLING, ROBERT E STERLING, ROBERT J STERLING, ROBERT W STERLING, RUTH STERLING, SADEE M STERLING, SHAYNA STERLING, SHEILA M STERLING
SHIRA STERLING, SHOSHANA STERLING, STEVE A STERLING, SUSAN C STERLING, TARA S STERLING
THOMAS STERLING, THOMAS L STERLING, TRACI L STERLING, WANDA G. STERLING, YONIA MARCELA STERLING, ZEUS C STERLING, KENNETH W STERLINGTON, WALTER LEO STARLING (SP4/ARMY), ROBERT D STARLING SR, STARLING, BRENNAN STARLING, CARRIE STARLING, COURTNEY STARLING, DAVID STARLING, DENBY STARLING, EILEEN C STARLING, FLEAM STARLING, HAROLD STARLING, HARRIET STARLING, JENNIFER STARLING, JOAN STARLING, JONI L STARLING, JOSEPH J STARLING
KAI STARLING, LYN STARLING, MARJY D. STARLING, MERRILL STARLING, MICHAEL K. STARLING, MILDRED STARLING, PATRICK W. STARLING, RANDAL STARLING, RENEE STARLING, SANDRA STARLING
SHEILA STARLING, ELGIN LEROY STIRLING (PFC/MARINE CORPS), JOHN F STIRLING (SFC/ARMY)
STIRLING, CAROL STIRLING, DALE STIRLING, DAVE STIRLING, DEANNA LYNN STIRLING, DUSTIN R STIRLING, GERALD R STIRLING, HOWARD STIRLING, JACOB ROBERT STIRLING, JASON STIRLING
KACI L STIRLING, NANCY RS STIRLING, ROBERT JAMES STIRLING, SCOTT T STIRLING, TONY R STIRLING.