View Full Version : Stardust Surprised Scientists

2005-Sep-11, 05:32 AM
SUMMARY: When NASA's Stardust spacecraft swept past Comet Wild-2, it captured material from the comet's tail and revealed incredible details about the surface of the fast moving object. The few images that Stardust was able to take also provided some surprises. Scientists anticipated that that comet would be a dusty snowball, with very few surface features, but Stardust found impact craters, barn-sized boulders, and tall cliffs. This indicates that the comet isn't the loose collection of material that scientists theorized, since it's obviously withstood quite a beating.

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