Is it supposed to look like that? In this case, yes (Photo: Steve Jurvetson)
Sample recovery concept showing sample ports on nose cone (Photo: University of Washington)
The terms "auger in" and "lawndart" refer to rather exciting and decidedly dangerous methods of recovering a rocket, during which the screaming rocket buries its pointy end deep in the ground. Such over-enthusiastic landings provided a group of research students from the University of Washington (UWash) the inspiration for a new approach to collecting samples from hostile environments, such as the crater of an erupting volcano or a melting nuclear reactor.
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