It seems we’re saying goodbye to a lot of spacecraft these days. The shuttle Discovery, of course, completed its final mission earlier this month. And then WISE, after completing it’s roughly one-year survey of the sky, snapped its final image last month. Now, NASA bids farewell to its Stardust spacecraft which, after more than a decade of service, has tailed its last comet.
Dust may help astronomers understand the formation of stars and planets
By Katie Peek
Posted 10.11.2010 at 10:11 am 1 Comment
Riding in a car through space, if you were to hang your white-gloved hand out the window, it would come back dirty. The space between the Milky Way’s stars is filled with gas and dust—lots of dust.
This summer, the European Space Agency’s Planck satellite produced a high-resolution dust map. The ultimate goal of the project is to map the cosmic microwave background, the electromagnetic leftovers of the universe’s violent beginning.
NASA's aptly-named Stardust spacecraft may have returned the first-ever samples of interstellar dust to Earth. Scientists hope to confirm their possible discovery of two dust grains, based upon the sharp eye of a citizen scientist, BBC reports.
Scientists turn their attention to another incoming spacecraft.
By William Speed Weed
Posted 11.13.2004 at 6:00 pm 0 Comments
It was supposed to end with a smashing movie stunt; instead it ended with a smash. The parachute that was to be grabbed by helicopter pilots on September 8 never opened, and the Genesis return capsule, loaded with solar particles, plunged into the Utah desert. A report from the NASA Mishap Investigation Board due out this month should explain why the spacecraft’s control system failed to deploy the chutes.
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