PIA02190: Piece of a Comet
Mission: Stardust
Spacecraft: Stardust
Product Size: 720 x 540 pixels (width x height)
Produced By: University of Washington
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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.

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

Image Addition Date:
2006-02-21