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In this feature, you’ll learn more about what the science team wants you to look for as a volunteer Duster.

Third Thursday Telecon – 21 May 2020

For our May 2020 telecon, Stardust@home scientist Zack Gainsforth demonstrates and expresses his great satisfaction thus far with our machine learning enhanced Phase 2 search for interstellar particles in foils (i.e., the aluminum foil that surrounded the aerogel compartments in the Stardust collector). Enjoy!

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Third Thursday Telecon – 23 April 2020

Is this month’s telecon, Stardust@home’s Zack Gainsforth brings us up to speed on the very promising advances his machine learning-based research has made in the search for interstellar dust, and how our volunteer dusters are still very much needed to finish up the work.  Enjoy!

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Third Thursday Telecon – 19 March 2020

Stardust@home, and science in general, in the time of coronavirus. Plus nerds just jabbering. Enjoy!

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Third Thursday Telecon – 16 January 2020

Our 2020 series of video chats with our amazing volunteers (aka dusters) starts off with an update from Dr. Andrew Westphal on new findings and upcoming new technology-based directions for Stardust@home. Enjoy!

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Third “Thursday” Telecon – 25 November 2019

For the November 2019 telecon, Stardust@home’s Anna Butterworth updates us on the findings for the recently discovered particle Bianca, named by first finder and longtime volunteer duster Augusto (aka McAngus).  Enjoy the video, and from all of us in the Stardust lab, we hope those of you in the U.S. have a very Happy Thanksgiving!

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Third Thursday Telecon – 17 October 2019

For our October 2019 Third Thursday Telecon, we were lucky enough to speak with Dr. Colin Triplett on the research team of NASA’s and SSL’s recently launched Ionospheric Connection Explorer (ICON) mission to study a variety of phenomenon in the ionosphere. You can learn more about ICON at https://blogs.nasa.gov/icon/ Enjoy!

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Third Thursday Telecon – 23 August 2019

For August 2019, Dr. Andrew Westphal fills us in on some recent particle analyses and scientific papers to come. There’s also an overview of the sample request process, and thoughts on how future research may be impacted (enhanced?) by the burgeoning private space industry. Enjoy!

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Third Thursday Telecon – 18 July 2019

For this month’s video chat, we were joined by Stardust Researcher Zack Gainsforth for an inside look at how the project is employing machine learning in the hunt for dust particles. Enjoy!

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Third “Friday” Telecon – 21 June 2019 (The McAngus Particle)

It was truly a joyous moment this month, when Stardust Principal Investigator Dr. Andrew Westphal was able to convey directly to longtime duster McAngus (aka Augusto) that he was the first finder of the latest precious interstellar dust particle. Check out the actual track below that Augusto was savvy enough to click on, and then […]

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Third Thursday Telecon – 16 May 2019

For our May 2019 telecon, Stardust’s Dr. Andrew Westphal announces some very exciting news, the type we’ve all been waiting for – the determination of a new, promising interstellar dust candidate! We also welcome and were honored to be joined by some new faces all the way from Greece. Καλως ΗΡΘΑΤΕ! Note: For more information […]

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