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The first analysis of space dust collected by a special collector onboard NASA’s Stardust mission and sent back to Earth for study in 2006 suggests the tiny specks, which likely originated from beyond our solar system, are more complex in composition and structure than previously imagined.

The analysis, completed at a number of facilities including the U.S. Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Lab (Berkeley Lab) opens a door to studying the origins of the solar system and possibly the origin of life itself.

This image shows the Milky Way at 10,000 feet – from Mt. Crested Butte, Colorado. Credit: Roy Kaltschmidt

For more information about this research, please see the press release "Mysteries of Space Dust Revealed."

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