Friday, February 03, 2006

What Does Comet Dust Look Like?

Using newly developed nanomanipulation techniques (meaning really, really small tools) a University of California, Berkeley, researcher, Christopher Snead, has isolated and extracted a single particle of comet dust just 10 microns across.

A different UC Berkeley researcher developed the tools and techniques for cutting extremely small pieces of Aerogel (used to capture the particles in space) without disturbing the particles.

Scientists anticipate it will take years to review all the data and particles recovered by the Deep Impact and Stardust spacecraft. In the meantime, an abundance of missions are being proposed to return material from other bodies in our Solar System...

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