Thursday, January 19, 2006

Stardust returns

Astrobiology magazine has a nice writeup about the initial assessment of the Stardust mission, which returned safely to earth last Sunday. The spacecraft had very large panels, coated with aerogel, which were hoped to capture particles from a comet's tail. Upon landing the scientists opened up the panels, and confirmed that about a million such particles were brought back. Very cool.

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