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Other space missions


Further missions with detectors for various kinds of dust particles: cometary, interplanetary, interstellar dust, meteorites etc.

An overview of missions that carried a dust counter can be found here:

Dune - a dust observatory in space


Galactic dust is a significant constituent of the interstellar medium and, thereby, is part of the fundamental matter from which planetary systems form. Its study provides unique insights in the early stages of planet formation. Although the study of galactic dust is in the interest of both the astrophysics and planetary scientific communities, information on this important material is extremely sparse. Following the discovery by Ulysses and the most recent confirmation by Cassini that micron-sized interstellar dust grains pass through the planetary system a mission is proposed to characterize galactic dust at the Earth's distance by in-situ analysis.

Instruments on DuneA new in-situ dust telescope is used to distinguish interplanetary from interstellar dust and provide important physical, chemical and isotopic information on ISD. The dust telescope consists of three instruments sharing a common impact plane of 1 square meter in size and has an aperture of approximately 50° opening angle. The three instruments are a high resolution impact mass spectrometer (Cometary and Interstellar Dust Analyzer, CIDA), a dust analyzer for the determination of physical and chemical dust properties (Cosmic Dust Analyzer, CDA), and a large-area impact detector with trajectory analysis (Dust Detector System, D2S) which includes a momentum sensor (Impact Sensor for Interstellar Dust Exploration. ISIDE).

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