Stardust Sample Return
January 24, 2006
The Stardust sample return capsule was transported by helicopter from its landing site at the U.S. Air Force Utah Test and Training Range. This image shows the return capsule inside a protective covering. The capsule, which landed at 2:10 a.m. Pacific time (3:10 a.m. Mountain time), contains cometary and interstellar samples gathered by the Stardust spacecraft.
Topics: Stardust, Discovery program, Space exploration, Sample return mission, 81P/Wild, Comet, Embedded systems