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 Comet dust
NASA Spacecraft's Pinch of Comet Dust Reveals 'Cosmic Zoo'
"Comet dust seems to be a real zoo of things; we see all kinds of particles that are clearly formed at different places, possibly at different times and certainly under different conditions," said Scott Sandford.
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 Stardust laboratory
NASA Study Finds New Kind of Organics in Stardust Mission
A team of scientists found a new class of organics in comet dust captured from Comet Wild 2 in 2004 by NASA's Stardust spacecraft.
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 close-up images of Wild 2 particles
Stardust Findings Override Some Commonly Held Astronomy Beliefs
Contrary to a popular scientific notion, there was enough mixing in the early solar system to transport material from the sun's sizzling neighborhood and deposit it in icy deep-space comets.
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 Stardust returns to Earth
Astrobiology and Stardust
NASA’s Stardust mission has provided the opportunity for astrobiologists to gain deeper insight into this history.
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 Comet Wild 2
Stardust Findings Suggest Comets More Complex than Thought
Comets may be more than just simple conglomerations of ice, dust and gases.
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 Stardust
The Fiery Return of NASA's Space Dust Cargo
This story was originally released on Nov. 11, 2005, before the Stardust capsule successfully returned to Earth on Jan. 15, 2006. In search of clues about the origin of life on Earth and other secrets, a crew flying on a NASA DC-8 aircraft studied the small, speeding Stardust capsule returning from space.
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  NEWS ARCHIVE
 
 airplane
NASA Aircraft Crew to Observe Incoming Stardust Capsule
Scientists on a NASA aircraft will observe the Stardust sample capsule as it enters Earth's atmosphere on Jan.15, 2006.
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  MULTIMEDIA
 
 Stardust Aerogel under observation
Stardust Comet Aerogel
Andrew Westphal, Christopher Snead and Zack Gainsforth have produced over 100 keystones from the Stardust comet aerogel in UC Berkeley.
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Stardust Re-Entry Video
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 Ames Research Center
Stardust Broadcast Quality Audio Files and Transcripts
Dr. Scott Sandford, astrophysicist at NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, Calif., was interviewed about the Stardust comet sample-return mission, humanity's first opportunity to study the original material from which our solar system was built.
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 PICA test
Stardust Thermal Protection Systems
Images arc jet testing of heat-shield material used on the Stardust mission.
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 Aerogel Samples
Stardust Aerogel Samples
The new aerogel tiles can insulate spacecraft from 10 to 100 times better than today's tiles.
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 Stardust capsule returning from space
NASA DC-8 Stardust Observation Mission Flight
Images of the NASA DC-8 aircraft on the 'Stardust observation mission flight,’ on Sunday, Jan. 15, 2006.
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 DC-8 test flight image
NASA DC-8 Stardust Observation Test Flights
Images of the NASA DC-8 aircraft on the 'Stardust observation rehearsal flights,’ on Wednesday, Jan 11, 2006 and Thursday, Jan. 12, 2006.
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 Brookhaven National Laboratory
NASA Stardust Samples Headed to BNL for Analysis
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 Department of Astronomy - University of Washington
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