David Kirkpatrick

January 26, 2008

Wild 2 comet results surprising

Filed under: Science — Tags: , , — David Kirkpatrick @ 4:05 pm

The Stardust mission to examine the comet Wild 2 returned some surprising results. The comet did contain expected materials, but it also resembles an asteroid belt meteorite more than an ancient comet.

From the release:

“Wild 2 doesn’t look like what we thought all comets should look like,” Ishii said. “The Stardust mission was a real success because without it, we would never have learned these things about our solar system. The sample return was vital for us to continue to unravel how our solar system formed and evolved.”