Tuesday, August 01, 2006

Stardust@home to go online August 1

Stardust@home, a new distributed computing project designed to look for microscopic interstellar dust grains collected by the Stardust mission, is set to go online on August 1. The program will use web-based virtual microscope programs to look for the tiny dust grains collected by the Stardust Interstellar Dust Collector. Around 50 dust grains are expected to be found from the tiles of aerogel used to collect the dusts. The Stardust spacecraft gathered samples near the comet Wild 2.

If you want to volunteer your computer time for the project, go here. The project is a joint effort between the Planetary Society and University of California at Berkeley.

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