Animation of Stardust path through Wild 2 Jets

This silent animation depicts Stardust's turbulent ride through three of more than two dozen jets that blast outward from comet Wild 2. The jets pummeled the spacecraft with about a million particles per second. Twelve particles, some larger than a bullet, penetrated the top layer of the spacecraft's protective shield.

Quicktime 240x180 (1.4 MB)

 

Credit: 

  • JPL / NASA
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