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Stardust@home

is coordinated by the

University of California, Berkeley

in partnership with

The Planetary Society

and

NASA


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Description:

Join us in the search for interstellar dust! In 2006, the Stardust spacecraft returned particles of interstellar dust that originated in distant stars. But before they can be studied, these tiny dust grains will have to be found. This is where you come in! Our volunteers are using an online Virtual Microscope to search for these elusive particles, which were captured in aerogel. In addition, the discoverer of an interstellar dust particle will appear as a co-author in the discovery announcement, and will name the particle! You can learn about our first named particle, Orion, here: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science/nature/8550924.stm

 

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Keywords:

Topic - astronomy, interstellar dust, online, space

Audience - everyone, K-12, adult, college, volunteer

Location - home, office

Goals - research, discovery, credit, author

Other - NASA, Stardust, cosmology, laboratory

 

Contact:

Dan Zevin, Project Manager, Center for Science Education, Space Sciences Laboratory  email Dan

  

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