Stardust's capsule will flash like a man-made meteor as it brings scientists their first sample of comet dust
It seems only fitting for the Stardust sample return capsule to be traveling so fast as it breaks through Earth's atmosphere that it will leave a white-hot streak across the late-night Nevada sky. After all, it is bringing back comet dust. But the spectacular end to Stardust's seven-year mission will offer more than just a light show. Its 12.8-km.-per-sec. reentry on Jan. 15 will mimic a meteor's, and as the capsule's carbon-based surface ablates, it may offer insight into how life's ...
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