|At 5:10 a.m. Eastern time, Stardust's return capsule landed in the Utah Test and Training Range. Top: An infrared camera captures the Stardust sample return capsule as it descends to the Utah Test and Training Range. Bottom: The NASA TV image above shows an infrared view of a helicopter on the ground at the capsule landing site. The capsule contains cometary and interstellar samples gathered by the mission.|
Update: The sample return capsule has now been recovered and moved to a temporary clean room at the Michael Army Air Field,
|Top: The Stardust sample return capsule in the Utah desert. Middle: The capsule being lifted from the landing site. Bottom: Stardust sample return capsule being wheeled into a temporary cleanroom at the Michael Army Air Field in Utah.|
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