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Wild 2 and interstellar sample collection and Earth return
[1] Stardust, launched in 1999, is the first mission designed to bring samples from a known, recently deflected comet, 81P/Wild 2, on 2 January 2004 and is also the first to capture newly discovered
Surface of Young Jupiter Family Comet 81P/Wild 2: View from the Stardust Spacecraft
Images taken by the Stardust mission during its flyby of 81P/Wild 2 show the comet to be a 5-kilometer oblate body covered with remarkable topographic features, including unusual circular features
Impact Features on Stardust: Implications for Comet 81P/Wild 2 Dust
Particles emanating from comet 81P/Wild 2 collided with the Stardust spacecraft at 6.1 kilometers per second, producing hypervelocity impact features on the collector surfaces that were returned to
Mineralogy and Petrology of Comet 81P/Wild 2 Nucleus Samples
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The bulk of the comet 81P/Wild 2 samples returned to Earth by the Stardust spacecraft appear to be weakly constructed mixtures of nanometer-scale grains, with occasional much larger ferromagnesian silicates, Fe-Ni sulfides,Fe-Ni metal, and accessory phases.
Characteristics of cometary dust tracks in Stardust aerogel and laboratory calibrations
Abstract— The cometary tray of the NASA Stardust spacecraft's aerogel collector was examined to study the dust captured during the 2004 flyby of comet 81P/Wild 2. An optical scan of the entire
Comet 81P/Wild 2 Under a Microscope
The Stardust spacecraft collected thousands of particles from comet 81P/Wild 2 and returned them to Earth for laboratory study. The preliminary examination of these samples shows that the nonvolatile
Organics Captured from Comet 81P/Wild 2 by the Stardust Spacecraft
TLDR
The presence of deuterium and nitrogen-15 excesses suggest that some organics have an interstellar/protostellar heritage and a diverse suite of organic compounds is present and identifiable within the returned samples.
Stardust: Comet and interstellar dust sample return mission
[1] Stardust, the 4th Discovery mission launched in February 1999, will collect coma samples from the recently deflected comet 81P/Wild 2 on 2 January 2004 and return them to Earth on 15 January 2006
Isotopic Compositions of Cometary Matter Returned by Stardust
Hydrogen, carbon, nitrogen, and oxygen isotopic compositions are heterogeneous among comet 81P/Wild 2 particle fragments; however, extreme isotopic anomalies are rare, indicating that the comet is
Infrared Spectroscopy of Comet 81P/Wild 2 Samples Returned by Stardust
Infrared spectra of material captured from comet 81P/Wild 2 by the Stardust spacecraft reveal indigenous aliphatic hydrocarbons similar to those in interplanetary dust particles thought to be derived
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