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Stardust Collection Trays are Full of Particles


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When NASA scientists first cracked open Stardust's return capsule, they weren't sure what they were going to see; lots of cometary particles or just a few? The results have exceeded everyone's expectations. The scientists estimate they have up to a million cometary particles in the aerogel collection trays, with several as large as the width of a human hair. NASA's Johnson Space Center will begin distributing particles to more than 150 researchers worldwide within the next week.


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At 6:53 EST tonight, Zeke the janitor came into the clean room to empty the waste-paper baskets. Seeing the dust in the collection trays, he went back outside for his Dustbuster vacuum, and, sadly, the rest is history... :lol:

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