PIA03186: Particle Tracks in Aerogel
Mission: Stardust
Spacecraft: Stardust
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Produced By: JPL
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In an experiment using a special air gun, particles are shot into aerogel at high velocities. Closeup of particles that have been captured in aerogel are shown here. The particles leave a carrot-shaped trail in the aerogel. Aerogel was used on the Stardust spacecraft to capture comet particles from Comet Wild 2.

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