Here’s some comet dust embedded in aerogel, fresh from its triumphant return from Comet Wild-2. The science guys are going bananas over early results; it appears the collection attempt was wildly successful.
“This exceeded all of our grandest expectations,” said Donald Brownlee, the mission’s principal investigator from the University of Washington. “We were totally overwhelmed,” he said, noting that “hundreds and hundreds and hundreds” of particle tracks have been brought back.
Glass that’s 99.8% air. I wonder if it’s possible to get a chocolate mousse that light and fluffy.
Mission scientists have recruited over 70,000 people to join the white-suited folks over to the right. People will be using home computers to look through microscopic sections to identify dust grains and othe particles.