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How LISA Pathfinder Detected Dozens of ‘Comet Crumbs’

18 Nov 2019, 18:00 UTC
How LISA Pathfinder Detected Dozens of ‘Comet Crumbs’ NASA

LISA Pathfinder, a mission led by ESA (the European Space Agency) that included NASA contributions, successfully demonstrated technologies needed to build a future space-based gravitational wave observatory, a tool for detecting ripples in space-time produced by, among other things, merging black holes. A team of NASA scientists leveraged LISA Pathfinder's record-setting sensitivity for a different purpose much closer to home — mapping microscopic dust shed by comets and asteroids.

 

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