IGPP Seminar Series

The Stardust mission - laboratory analysis of samples from the edge of the solar system.

by Dr. Don Brownlee
U. Washington


The Stardust mission collected thousands of particles from comet Wild 2 and returned them to Earth on January 15, 2006. The ongoing investigation of the samples provides an intimate view of the solid particles that accreted to form Kuiper Belt comets at the outer edge of the solar nebula. The larger particles in the collected material are small "rocks" composed of crystalline and amorphous materials. The minerals include some extremely refractory phases analogous to Calcium Aluminum Inclusions found in primitive meteorites.
Tuesday, 16 May 2006
3845 Slichter Hall
Refreshments at 3:45 PM
Lecture at 4:00 PM