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How did NASA bring comet dust to earth?

And what did it reveal?

The meteorites in the American Museum of Natural History fell to earth from a number of extra-terrestrial sources. Some were once bits of asteroids. One was once beneath the surface of an extra-solar planet that was shattered by a Super Nova.

But there is one type of space rock the museum doesn’t have: a piece of a comet.

And that’s because when comets strike the earth they vaporize, leaving nothing behind.

So museum staff were excited when NASA decided to send a space probe into a comet’s tail and bring back comet dust back to earth.

We will reveal how NASA did it, and what the comet dust revealed about the origin of life, in Museum Secrets: Inside the American Museum of Natural History.

We reveal how NASA did it, and what the comet dust revealed about the origin of life, in Museum Secrets: Inside the American Museum of Natural History.

Further Questions

In the broadcast version of this Museum Secret, we only had time to share a fraction of what the comet dust revealed. So we invite you to read all about it on NASA’s Stardust Mission Page.

 

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