Capsule Carrying Comet Dust Lands in UtahI hope that's ALL that's inside that capsule: don't wanna see this happen, do we?
Jan 15, 8:40 AM (ET)
By ALICIA CHANG
DUGWAY PROVING GROUND, Utah (AP) - A space capsule ferrying the first comet dust samples to Earth parachuted onto a remote stretch of desert before dawn Sunday, drawing cheers from elated scientists.
The touchdown capped a seven-year journey by NASA's Stardust spacecraft, which zipped past a comet in 2004 to capture minute dust particles and store them in the capsule.
"It's an absolutely fantastic end to the mission," said Carlton Allen, a scientist with NASA's Johnson Space Center.
A helicopter recovery team located the capsule Sunday and was transferring it to a clean room at the nearby Michael Army Air Field. The capsule will be flown Tuesday to the Johnson Space Center in Houston where scientists will unlock the canister containing the cosmic particles.
Researchers believe about a million samples of comet and interstellar dust - most tinier than the width of a human hair - are locked inside the capsule...
Sunday, January 15, 2006
Real-Life Project SCOOP space probe brings Lord-knows-what to Utah desert
Here's the story from the AP:
Posted by Chris Knight at 1/15/2006 12:48:00 PM