STARDUST To Catch A Falling Star And Put It In Its Pocket
News story originally written on February 15, 1999
will catch pieces of a comet
them to Earth
think that comet pieces haven't changed since the Solar System
They want to study the comet pieces to find out more about the Solar
STARDUST will collect comet pieces in a special material called aerogel.
Aerogel is like glass but is 1000 times lighter!
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