Collecting Cosmic Dust Particles for Research: NASA’s #WB57 and #ER2 Aircraft

NASA’s #WB57 & #ER2 aircraft have been collecting cosmic dust particles from Earth’s stratosphere since 1981.  Specially designed dust collectors are prepared for flight and processed after flight in an ultraclean (Class-100) laboratory at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston, TX.  Particles, like the examples shown here, are individually retrieved from the collectors, examined, cataloged and then made available to the scientific community for research.  Check out our latest Cosmic Dust Catalog released in September 2015:

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Sharing our NASA_ARES Science, Research, Labs, Samples & More!

Our staff shared science, research, labs, samples & more to showcase work being done @NASA_ARES with folks at the NASA Johnson Space Center in Houston, TX. #NASA_ARES, a division of the Exploration Integration and Science Directorate (#EISD), houses JSC’s physical science teams who perform #planetary research and support current missions such as MSL, MER, ISS, and future missions including Exploration Mission 1 (EM-1), NASA’s Asteroid Redirect Mission (ARM), OSIRIS-REx, Hayabusa2, and Mars 2020.  NASA_ARES is also home to two agency-level responsibilities, the curation of NASA’s astromaterials collections and the Orbital Debris Program Office (ODPO).  Our NASA_ARES staff portfolio includes engineers, computer scientists, mathematicians, science engagement specialists, and scientists with backgrounds in physics, chemistry, astronomy, geology, biology, imaging, and remote sensing.ARES_Rocks_Collage