Stardust Space Capsule to Touch Down Sunday in Utah

Publication: National Geographic News   Date: January 13, 2006   View Article

If all goes according to plan, Stardust—a space capsule carrying a cargo of comet and interstellar dust particles—will scream into Earth’s atmosphere Sunday, deploy a series of parachutes, and drift down to the Utah desert.

Expected to land at 3:12 a.m. local time, the cargo may reveal answers to fundamental questions about comets, the origins of the solar system, and the building blocks of life.

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