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:  http://curator.jsc.nasa.gov/dust/cdcat19/CDCatalogVol19.pdf

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