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Thursday, January 19, 2006

Stardust @ Home

This project was mentioned during the Stardust recovery but I couldn't find any more information on it. Now, here are links to the web site and press release. Susan at 2020Hindsight.org is reporting that over 65,000 people have already signed up for the project!

Public to look for dust grains in Stardust detectors

By Robert Sanders, Media Relations | 10 January 2006

BERKELEY Astronomy buffs who jumped at the chance to use their home computers in the SETI@home search for intelligent life in the universe will soon be able to join an Internet-based search for dust grains originating from stars hundreds of thousands of light years away.

In a new project called Stardust@home, University of California, Berkeley, researchers will invite Internet users to help them search for a few dozen submicroscopic grains of interstellar dust captured by NASA's Stardust spacecraft and due to return to Earth in January 2006.

This aerogel array, which was mounted atop the Stardust spacecraft, was used to collect interstellar dust particles as well as dust from the tail of comet Wild 2. [Continue Reading]

Link: Stardust @ Home
See also: Stardust Mission Home Page
See also: NASA TV

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