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Stardust Capsule Returns to Earth

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zorg.ch
#83456 by @ 17.01.2006 00:00 - nach oben -
Stardust Capsule Returns to Earth


Explanation:
A flying saucer from outer space crash-landed in the Utah desert yesterday after being tracked by radar and chased by helicopters and airplanes.

Like 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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zorg.ch
#83457 by @ 17.01.2006 06:56 - nach oben -
super reinraum verhältnisse mit offenen haaren und cam :-)
zorg.ch
#83514 by @ 18.01.2006 17:32 - nach oben -
Die eingepackten sind die, die zu viel arbeiten und deshalb nicht duschen können. Wenn das ein abgestürztes Teil ist, kann das ja nur deswegen sein...