Saturday, January 28, 2006

Beautiful Stardust re-entry movie!

Stardust Capsule Reentry Movie filmed from NASA DC-8 aircraft (requires Quicktime)

This is a stunning movie of the Stardust capsule re-entry, taken from aboard the NASA Airborne Mission's DC-8 aircraft. Watch the capsule become visible and rapidly brightening amidst the starry sky, and develop a beautiful plasma tail.

For me personally also fun to hear the voice of mission PI Dr Peter Jenniskens, who's a long standing friend of mine (he's the one a.o. saying: "Plasma lines detected"). We used to observe meteors together when he was still in Hollland.


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