Sunday, January 15, 2006

Stardust Space Probe

With the successful return of the Stardust space probe, astronomy buffs will soon be able to join an Internet-based search for dust grains. The Space Sciences Laboratory at UC Berkeley has created a "virtual microscope" that will allow anyone with an Internet connection to scan some of the 1.5 million pictures for tracks left by speeding dust. Each picture will cover an area smaller than a grain of salt. The web-based virtual microscope will be made available to the public in mid-March.

The Stardust@Home project's home page is:

Discoverers will get to name their dust grains!

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