Microprobes expose mysteries of the solar system, origin of life

Posted on Sept. 23, 2016

In 2006, a NASA-owned rocket landed on Earth after a seven-year journey beyond the orbit of Mars. The rocket flew through the tail of a comet, collecting thousands of dust particles for NASA’s Stardust mission. After the Stardust landed, the UCLA Department of Earth, Planetary and Space Sciences requested particles from the mission to study with its IMS-1270 ion microprobe, one of about a dozen instruments of its kind in the world. Continue reading on the Daily Bruin.