Nasa simulator recreates planet-forming space dust

May 8, 2014 6:25 PM

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Nasa simulator recreates planet-forming space dust

WASHINGTON: Researchers at Nasa's Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, Californa, has successfully reproduced the processes that occur in the atmosphere of a red giant star and lead to the formation of planet-forming interstellar dust.

Using a specialized facility, called the Cosmic Simulation Chamber (COSmIC) designed and built at Ames, scientists now are able to recreate and study in the laboratory dust grains similar to the grains that form in the outer layers of dying stars.

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