Sample of aerogel used to collect dust particles, Stardust comet mission, 1999.

Sample of aerogel used to collect dust particles, Stardust comet mission, 1999.
3 3 c m
40cm
actual image size: 32cm x 25cm

Description

This piece has tracks from impacts of a lot of 106 micron diameter glass beads at 3.36 kms-1. NASA's Stardust spacecraft was launched on February 7, 1999 to collect comet samples, and is on schedule to return to Earth in January 2006.

Image Details

Image Ref.
 
10455452

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