PIA03668: Stardust Capsule Return
Mission: Stardust
Spacecraft: Stardust
Instrument: DC-8 Airborne Laboratory
Product Size: 2360 x 1808 pixels (width x height)
Produced By: Ames Research Center
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Stardust Capsule Return as seen from NASA's DC-8 Airborne Laboratory with a mission to explore the conditions during reentry from the light emitted by the fireball caused when the capsule streaked through the sky. The aircraft was located near the end of the trajectory, just outside of UTTR. The participating researchers are from NASA Ames, the SETI Institute, the University of Alaska, Utah State University, Lockheed Martin, U.S. Air Force Academy, the University of Kobe (Japan), and Stuttgart University (Germany).

Image Credit:
NASA/Ames Research Center

Image Addition Date:
2006-01-17