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STARDUST: Comet and Interstellar Dust Sample Return Mission

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  27 February 2018

D.E. Brownlee
Affiliation:
Astronomy Dept. University of Washington, Seattle WA 98195
D. Burnett
Affiliation:
California Institute of Technology, Pasadena CA 91125
B. Clark
Affiliation:
Lockheed Martin Astronautics, Denver CO 80201
M. S. Hanner
Affiliation:
Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena CA 91109
F. Horz
Affiliation:
NASA Johnson Space Center, Houston TX 77058
J. Kissel
Affiliation:
Max Planck Institut für Kernphysik, Heidelberg Germany
R. Newburn
Affiliation:
Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena CA 91109
S. Sandford
Affiliation:
NASA Ames Research Center, Mojfett Field CA 94035
Z. Sekanina
Affiliation:
Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena CA 91109
P. Tsou
Affiliation:
Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena CA 91109
M. Zolensky
Affiliation:
NASA Johnson Space Center, Houston TX 77058
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Abstract

STARDUST, a Discovery-class mission, will return intact samples of cometary dust and volatiles from comet P/Wild 2, as well as samples of the interstellar dust moving through the solar system. Dust capture utilizes aerogel, a microporous silica that is capable of intact capture of hypervelocity particles. A navigation camera, an in situ dust analyzer, and a dust flux monitor complete the payload. The Wild 2 flyby takes place in January 2004, with Earth return in January 2006.

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VII. Instrumentation
Copyright
Copyright © Astronomical Society of the Pacific 1996

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