re: BOOKS: The Secret Life of Dust

From: Amara Graps (
Date: Thu Feb 28 2002 - 23:07:33 MST

>"Rockets, befitting their lofty status, spit sapphire dust, the
>product of aluminum-fuel combustion, into the Atmosphere."

Picture of Al2O3 Spheroid particle attached to an interplanetary
dust particle, captured in the stratosphere, can be seen here:

as well as the ground at Esrange, in Kiruna, Sweden, after their
launches (the fellow there told me that their launches lay a
blanket of Al2O3 'snow' that they have to clean up afterwards).

Amara Graps, PhD             | Max-Planck-Institut fuer Kernphysik
Heidelberg Cosmic Dust Group | Saupfercheckweg 1  
+49-6221-516-543             | 69117 Heidelberg, GERMANY    * 
"We came whirling out of Nothingness scattering stars like dust." --Rumi

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