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Title: A Comet on Earth: Results from the Stardust Mission

Abstract

The Stardust mission returned from a 6-year voyage in January of 2006. During the mission it swept through the tail of comet Wild 2 (pronounced Vilt), collecting the microscopic particles streaming from it. These particles were collected in a very low density material called aerogel. The satellite then took 2 years to return to Earth. The payload, jettisoned from the satellite, re-entered the atmosphere and gently landed in the Utah desert. Since January researchers have started the process of extracting the particles from the aerogel and using an extensive array of techniques to measure such things as elemental and isotopic abundance, mineralogy and petrology. We at SLAC have been using an X-ray Microprobe to determine the amount of different elements that are present in these particles. Please join us for a preliminary look at the results of the Stardust mission.

Authors:
 [1]
  1. SLAC National Accelerator Lab., Menlo Park, CA (United States)
Publication Date:
Research Org.:
SLAC National Accelerator Lab., Menlo Park, CA (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE Office of Science (SC)
OSTI Identifier:
1014040
DOE Contract Number:
AC02-76SF00515
Resource Type:
Multimedia
Resource Relation:
Conference: SLAC Public Lecture Series, SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, Menlo Park, California, presented on August 29, 2006
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
43 PARTICLE ACCELERATORS; 79 ASTRONOMY AND ASTROPHYSICS; ABUNDANCE; COMETS; FERMILAB ACCELERATOR; MINERALOGY; PETROLOGY; SATELLITES; STANFORD LINEAR ACCELERATOR CENTER; SLAC; STARDUST; COMETARY DUST; MICROSCOPIC PARTICLES; X-RAY MICROPROBE; AEROGEL; NEUTRINOS

Citation Formats

Brennan, Sean. A Comet on Earth: Results from the Stardust Mission. United States: N. p., 2006. Web.
Brennan, Sean. A Comet on Earth: Results from the Stardust Mission. United States.
Brennan, Sean. Tue . "A Comet on Earth: Results from the Stardust Mission". United States. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/1014040.
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author = {Brennan, Sean},
abstractNote = {The Stardust mission returned from a 6-year voyage in January of 2006. During the mission it swept through the tail of comet Wild 2 (pronounced Vilt), collecting the microscopic particles streaming from it. These particles were collected in a very low density material called aerogel. The satellite then took 2 years to return to Earth. The payload, jettisoned from the satellite, re-entered the atmosphere and gently landed in the Utah desert. Since January researchers have started the process of extracting the particles from the aerogel and using an extensive array of techniques to measure such things as elemental and isotopic abundance, mineralogy and petrology. We at SLAC have been using an X-ray Microprobe to determine the amount of different elements that are present in these particles. Please join us for a preliminary look at the results of the Stardust mission.},
doi = {},
journal = {},
number = ,
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place = {United States},
year = {2006},
month = {8}
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