PIA02190: Piece of a Comet
 Mission:  Stardust
 Spacecraft:  Stardust
 Product Size:  720 x 540 pixels (w x h)
 Produced By:  University of Washington 
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 Full-Res JPEG:  PIA02190.jpg (55.86 kB)

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This image shows a comet particle collected by the Stardust spacecraft. The particle is made up of the silicate mineral forsterite, also known as peridot in its gem form. It is surrounded by a thin rim of melted aerogel, the substance used to collect the comet dust samples. The particle is about 2 micrometers across.

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NASA/JPL-Caltech/University of Washington

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