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

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

© Science Museum / Science & Society Picture Library

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 Ref.

10455452
 

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