Stardust probe crashes to Earth


That’s a shame, I hope they can still salvage something from the project.  Don Brownlee came to Microsoft a couple of months ago and mentioned the project and described how the probe was supposed to get back – parachutes and then caught be helicopter, which apparently is fairly normal and not as crazy as it might sound.  Turns out that the parachute didn’t open though.  I bet the guy that designed the parachute isn’t having a very good day.

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  1. They said that the plates that caught the star dust were so fragile that they wouldn’t even be able to withstand a parachute landing, and thus the helcopter catching them. If the plates were that sensitive, how did they manage to launch them. An entry into space isn’t exactly a night sleep on a feather bed.