Permanent Human Settlement of the Earth, Space and Ocean Frontiers

Sunday, January 15, 2006


The STARDUST spacecraft made a successful landing on Utah’s Test and Training Range this morning just after 5:00AM EST carrying what scientists hope to be the first pieces of a comet and pristine dust from the cosmos. The 100 pound spacecraft has traveled nearly 3 billion miles in space in a seven year jaunt around the solar system. It accomplished several first on its mission – including the capture of cometary materials, the clearest photo of a comet’s surface and this morning became the fastest ever manmade object when it reentered the earth’s atmosphere at more then 28,860 miles per hour.