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The search effort is the brainchild of Marc Fries, NASA curator of cosmic dust, who has set up many meteorite hunts in the past.
As Cassini skirted the E ring’s edge, some of its particles collided with an onboard instrument designed specifically to study cosmic dust and return information about its ingredients.
But Marc Fries, a planetary scientist who curates the cosmic dust collection at NASA Johnson Space Center, takes a more skeptical view.
But no one could tell whether the gas was a byproduct of microbial life, the result of geological reactions or a side effect of meteoroids and cosmic dust raining down on the planet.
The light show happens as Earth passes through the cosmic dust trail of the comet that last passed by in 1986 and won’t be back until 2061.
This cosmic dust was produced through violent collisions between asteroids, comets, and primordial planets billions of years in the past.
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