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NASA researchers and scientists from the United States, Germany and Japan have found a new mineral in material that likely came from a comet.
While their spacecraft's journeys may have taken it more than halfway to Jupiter, members of the Stardust team have lately been doing some roaming of their own. A great deal of the traveling has been to accept awards and receive the accolades of their aerospace and science-oriented peers.
Contrary to expectations for a small icy body, much of the comet dust returned by the Stardust mission formed very close to the young sun and was altered from the solar systemâ€™s early materials.
A former comet-slamming spacecraft will swing by Earth on New Year's Eve before starting a two-and-a-half-year journey to Comet Hartley 2. Deep Impact will first spend six months using the larger of its two telescopes to search for Earth-sized planets around five candidate stars.
At first, Stardust was simply retired, sailing the void with nothing to doâ€”but now it is being recycled as "Stardust-NExT," short for New Exploration of Tempel 1. Planetary science professor Joe Veverka of Cornell University is the mission's principal investigator.
Observational and theoretical studies of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, the target of ESAâ€™s Rosetta mission, are building a detailed portrait of the cometâ€™s nucleus as it travels around the Sun.
NASA said Tuesday it is recycling two used spacecraft to lead new robotic missions to study comets and planets around other stars.
The mission will be the first to return a sample of an asteroid to Earth. NASA Goddard is managing the project. Lockheed Martin is building the flight system, the sampling mechanism, and the sample return capsule. Lockheed Martin is also performing spacecraft operations.
Eleven months ago, NASAâ€™s Stardust mission touched down in the Utah desert with the first solid comet samples ever retrieved from space. Since then, nearly 200 scientists from around the globe have studied the minuscule grains, looking for clues to our solar system.
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...
- Monstrous in size or character; huge; prodigious; monstrously perverse, savage, cruel, etc.