1.15.2006

Stardust set to enter atmosphere in less than one hour
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Rocketing over Crescent City and heading southeast, the 110-pound capsule carrying particles from comet Wild2 (including hints on the origin of the solar system and content of interstellar dust)will hit the atmosphere between Reno and Elko and the capsule will descend in western Utah....The re-entry speed is 29,000 MPH, faster than the returning Apollo 10 Command module which reached about 28,500 MPH in the late 60's.

The analysis phase will be open-source. You can sign up here at UC Berkeley's stardust@home site and help ID and analyze the interstellar dust...



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