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The Stardust capsule's re-entry into the Earth's atmosphere created a light show captured by NASA's DC-8 Airborn Laboratory. It was the fastest re-entry of a manmade object, returning at a speed of 28,860 miles per hour after being ejected from the main spacecraft as it flew past Earth.
After cutting away the parachute, NASA workers carried the capsule to a recovery helicopter.
The capsule was packed inside a protective covering and then transported to a laboratory for analysis.