Comet Dust Capsule

Contest Info

  • Started: 1/15/2006 06:00
  • Ended: 1/17/2006 06:00
  • Level: advanced
  • Entries: 12
  • Jackpot:
  • FN Advanced 1st Place $5
  • FN Advanced 2nd Place $3
  • FN Advanced 3rd Place $2
Comet Dust Capsule
Contest Directions: There is no way to know exactly what the comet dust capsule will contain. Create images of what you think the NASA scientists will find upon opening it and investigating the samples.

Contest Info

    • Started: 1/15/2006 06:00
    • Ended: 1/17/2006 06:00
    • Level: advanced
    • Entries: 12
    • Jackpot:
    • FN Advanced 1st Place $5
    • FN Advanced 2nd Place $3
    • FN Advanced 3rd Place $2
This gallery only contains our top 10 selections from its parent contest Comet Dust Capsule. All 12 contest pictures can be viewed here.
  • Comet Dust Fiends

    Comet Dust Fiends
  • Space Taz

    Space Taz
  • Energizer Bunny

    Energizer Bunny
  • Stardust Memory

    Stardust Memory
  • Pixel Dust

    Pixel Dust
  • Joint Venture

    Joint Venture
  • Clean Up Time

    Clean Up Time
  • Stardust

    Stardust
  • Hoffa

    Hoffa
  • Space Dust

    Space Dust
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This contest is fueled by the following news: When NASA scientists were hunkered down at the Army's remote Dugway Proving Grounds in the desert the last time, they witnessed a space probe crash into the salt flats and then split in two like a giant clamshell. With this memory in mind, scientists again gathered at the Proving Grounds to await the return of another space probe, this one called Stardust and bearing the first comet dust ever returned to Earth. A capsule carrying these samples was to be released late on Saturday and was expected to land at the Proviing Grounds early Sunday. Stardust, weighing 850 pounds, was outfitted with armored bumpers, and has survived a significant blast of debris when it flew past the Wild 2 comet in 2005. Scientists believe that approximately one million microscopic comet and interstellar dust samples -- most smaller than a human hair -- are safely locked away in a canister carried in Stardust.
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