PIA02189: Slice of Comet Dust
 Mission:  Stardust
 Spacecraft:  Stardust
 Product Size:  720 x 540 pixels (w x h)
 Produced By:  University of California 
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This image illustrates one of several ways scientists have begun extracting comet particles from the Stardust spacecraft's collector. First, a particle and its track are cut out of the collector material, called aerogel, in a wedge-shaped slice called a keystone. A specialized silicon pickle fork is then used to remove the keystone from the remaining aerogel for further analysis.

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NASA/JPL-Caltech/University of California, Berkeley

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