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A planeload of scientists and specialized instruments aboard NASA's DC-8 flying laboratory is scheduled to depart NASAâ€™s Dryden Aircraft Operations Facility at Palmdale, Calif, for Australia Tuesday evening, June 8, to catch a glimpse of the fiery return of a Japanese spacecraft to Earth on June 13.
Researchers at the University of Leicester are examining extraterrestrial material from a comet to assess the origins of our Solar System.
As reported in last week's Lunar and Planetary Science Conference in Houston, two most promising candidates for stardust have been identified.
NASA scientists said they might have identified the first specks of interstellar dust in materials collected by the agency's Stardust spacecraft.
Rsearch provides the first constraint on the age of cometary material from a known comet.
Just three days shy of one year before its planned flyby of comet Tempel 1, NASA's Stardust spacecraft has successfully performed a maneuver to adjust the time of its encounter by eight hours and 20 minutes.
DENVER, Feb. 18 /PRNewswire/ -- NASA's Stardust-NExT (New Exploration of Tempel) spacecraft fired its engines for 22 minutes 53 seconds on Feb. 17 to purposely delay its arrival at comet Tempel 1 by 8 hours 21 minutes.
LOS ANGELES, Nov.
Dust samples collected by high-flying aircraft in the upper atmosphere have yielded an unexpectedly rich trove of relicts from the ancient cosmos, report scientists from the Carnegie Institution.
GREENBELT, Md., Aug. 17 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA scientists have discovered glycine, a fundamental building block of life, in samples of comet Wild 2 returned by NASA's Stardust spacecraft.
Comet -- A comet is a small body from the outer reaches of the solar system similar to an asteroid but composed of ice. Often described as "dirty snowballs," they are composed largely of carbon dioxide ice, methane ice, and water ice with a mixture of dust and small stony aggregates mixed in. Comets are thought to be small pieces of debris left over from the formation of the solar system, representing a sample of the original composition of the nebula that condensed to form the Sun and all...
- Withering but not falling off, as a blossom that persists on a twig after flowering.