PIA02188: Making Celestial Tracks
Mission: Stardust
Spacecraft: Stardust
Product Size: 720 x 515 pixels (width x height)
Produced By: University of Washington
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This image shows the tracks left by two comet particles after they impacted the Stardust spacecraft's comet dust collector. The collector is made up of a low-density glass material called aerogel. Scientists have begun extracting comet particles from these and other similar tadpole-shaped tracks.

Image Credit:
NASA/JPL-Caltech/University of Washington

Image Addition Date:
2006-02-21