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Identify interstellar dust particles from the Stardust spacecraft.
On January 15, 2006, NASA’s Stardust spacecraft’s sample return capsule returned to Earth carrying particles collected during its encounter with a comet. The tiny particles were interstellar dust that originated in distant stars, light-years away, the first of their kind ever collected from space. They aren’t easy to find though, so scientists enlisted volunteers through Stardust@Home to identify them. So far only 4 have been found making them very rare and precious. Without the help of citizen scientists, this work could not be accomplished within a reasonable time frame (we’re talking over two decades!). Scientists needed volunteers to search their images taken with an automated scanning microscope to find the elusive interstellar particles. The cool part is, if you find one, you get to be a co-author on a scientific paper announcing the discovery. If you don’t find one but you work really, really hard they’ll invite you to the Berkeley lab for a special tour! Now Stardust@Home researchers Andy Westphal and Robert Lettieri are contributing lessons learned during their project to help launch EyesOnALZ.