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Curation, Spacecraft Recovery and Preliminary Examination for the Stardust Mission: A Perspective from the Curatorial FacilityWe briefly describe some of the challenges to the Stardust mission, curation and sample preliminary analysis, from the perspective of the Curation Office at the Johnson Space Center. Our goal is to inform persons planning future sample returns, so that they may learn from both our successes and challenges (and avoid some of our mistakes). The Curation office played a role in the mission from its inception, most critically assisting in the design and implementation of the spacecraft contamination control plan, and in planning and documenting the recovery of the spacecraft reentry capsule in Utah. A unique class 100 cleanroom was built to maintain the returned comet and interstellar samples in clean comfort, and to permit dissection and allocation of samples for analysis.
Document ID
Document Type
Preprint (Draft being sent to journal)
Zolensky, Michael (KT-Tech, Inc. Houston, TX, United States)
Nakamura-Messenger, Keiko (Jacobs Sverdrup Technology, Inc. Houston, TX, United States)
Fletcher, Lisa (KT-Tech, Inc. Houston, TX, United States)
See, Thomas (Barrios Technology, Inc. Houston, TX, United States)
Date Acquired
August 24, 2013
Publication Date
January 1, 2008
Subject Category
Space Sciences (General)
Distribution Limits
Public Use Permitted.

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