Research article - Comet 81P/Wild 2 under a microscope

Brownlee, Donald E., Tsou, Peter, Aleon, Jerome, Alexander, Conel M., Araki, Tohru, Bajt, Sasa, Baratta, Giuseppe A., Bastien, Ron, Bland, Philip A., Bleuet, Pierre, and others. (2006) Research article - Comet 81P/Wild 2 under a microscope. Science, 314 (5806). pp. 1711-1716. ISSN 0036-8075. (doi:10.1126/science.1135840) (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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Abstract

The Stardust spacecraft collected thousands of particles from comet 81P/Wild 2 and returned them to Earth for laboratory study. The preliminary examination of these samples shows that the nonvolatile portion of the comet is an unequilibrated assortment of materials that have both presolar and solar system origin. The comet contains an abundance of silicate grains that are much larger than predictions of interstellar grain models, and many of these are high-temperature minerals that appear to have formed in the inner regions of the solar nebula. Their presence in a comet proves that the formation of the solar system included mixing on the grandest scales.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1126/science.1135840
Subjects: Q Science
Divisions: Faculties > Sciences > School of Physical Sciences
Depositing User: Mark Burchell
Date Deposited: 02 Sep 2008 07:16 UTC
Last Modified: 28 May 2019 13:40 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/5013 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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