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Spacecraft Returns Seven Particles From Birth of the Solar System

22 Mar 2014, 05:06 UTC
Spacecraft Returns Seven Particles From Birth of the Solar System
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another win for crowd sourced citizen science. –Ben Spacecraft Returns Seven Particles From Birth of the Solar System THE WOODLANDS, TEXAS—After a massive, years-long search, researchers have recovered seven interstellar dust particles returned to Earth by the Stardust spacecraft. The whole sample, reported here this week at the Lunar and Planetary Science Conference, weighs just [...]

another win for crowd sourced citizen science.
–Ben
Spacecraft Returns Seven Particles From Birth of the Solar System
THE WOODLANDS, TEXAS—After a massive, years-long search, researchers have recovered seven interstellar dust particles returned to Earth by the Stardust spacecraft. The whole sample, reported here this week at the Lunar and Planetary Science Conference, weighs just a few trillionths of a gram, but it’s the first time scientists have laid their hands on primordial material unaltered by the violent birth of the solar system….
…Once the sample panel was back on Earth, the problem quickly became finding any collected particles embedded in the aerogel. Out of desperation, Stardust team members called on 30,714 members of the general public. “We really did not know how else to find” the embedded particles, says Stardust team member Andrew Westphal of the University of California, Berkeley. The “dusters” of ...

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