Stardust Curation at Johnson Space Center : Photo Documentation and Sample Processing of Submicron Dust Samples from Comet Wild 2 for Meteoritics Science Community
- Warren, J. L.
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- Zolensky, M. E., McNamara, K. M., Vidonic, L. F., Brownlee, D., Ishii, H. A., Westphal, A. J., Allen, C. C., See, T. H., Cardenas, F., Horz, F., Bastien, R., Nakamura-Messenger, K., Bevill, T. J., and Snead, C.
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- Dust particles released from comet 81P/Wild-2 were captured in silica aerogel on-board the STARDUST spacecraft and successfully returned to the Earth on January 15, 2006. STARDUST recovered thousands of particles ranging in size from 1 to 100 micrometers. The analysis of these samples is complicated by the small total mass collected ( < 1mg), its entrainment in the aerogel collection medium, and the fact that the cometary dust is comprised of submicrometer minerals and carbonaceous material. During the six month Preliminary Examination period, 75 tracks were extracted from the aerogel cells , but only 25 cometary residues were comprehensively studied by an international consortium of 180 scientists who investigated their mineralogy/petrology, organic/inorganic chemistry, optical properties and isotopic compositions. These detailed studies were made possible by sophisticated sample preparation methods developed for the STARDUST mission and by recent major advances in the sensitivity and spatial resolution of analytical instruments.
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- NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS) Collection.
- Document ID: 20070011617.
Lunar and Planetary Science Conference; 12-16 Mar. 2007; Houston, TX; United States.
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