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Stereo Image Pair of Comet Wild 2
Stereo Image Pair of Comet Wild 2 (click to enlarge)

Stereo Image Pair of Comet Wild 2

In this stereo pair of images we see the nucleus of comet Wild 2. "The overall shape of the nucleus resembles a thick hamburger patty with a few bites taken out," says Thomas Duxbury, the Stardust Project Manager from JPL. "The surface has significant relief on top of this overall shape that reflects billions of years of resurfacing from crater impacts and out gassing."

On 2 January 2004, NASA's Stardust spacecraft successfully survived flying through the coma (dust and gas cloud) surrounding comet Wild 2 and captured thousands of fresh cometary dust particles. These particles were then returned to Earth for study in 2006.

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