last time, no space aliens were involved. The saucer, the Stardust return capsule, is carrying bits of Comet Wild 2 captured two years ago during a rendezvous between Stardust and the ancient comet. The capsule is pictured above entering a temporary clean room in Utah before part of it is shipped to NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas, USA. In the inset on the lower right, an artist depicts the capsule as it likely looked after it parachuted to a landing in the Utah desert. The upper right insert shows an image of the streaking capsule taken yesterday by a DC-8 chase plane. The bits of Comet Wild 2 stored in the Stardust return capsule are likely older than the Sun and will be inspected over the next few years for clues about the early years of our Solar System. You, too, can help look for dust grains in the Stardust aerogel!
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Based on Astronomy Picture Of the Day
Publications with keywords: Stardust project - comet - Earth
Publications with words: Stardust project - comet - Earth
- Three Tails of Comet NEOWISE
- Found on the Moon: Candidate for Oldest Known Earth Rock
- Comet ATLAS and Orion s Belt
- The Shifting Tails of Comet NEOWISE
- APOD: 2020 August 3 Á Comet NEOWISE over Vikos Gorge
- APOD: 2020 August 2 Á Two Worlds One Sun
- APOD: 2020 July 27 Á Comet and Lightning Beyond Bighorn Mountains