In this feature, you’ll learn more about what the science team wants you to look for as a volunteer Duster.
In this month’s Third Thursday Telecon, Stardust@home’s Zack Gainsforth demonstrates the workings, power, and valuable uses of the Scanning Electron Microscope for the project. We hope you enjoy!
Our July Third Thursday was rescheduled to July 26, 2018, so we could check in with Dr. Andrew Westphal at the 81st Annual Meeting of the Meteoritical Society in Moscow, Russia! In this month’s report, not only does Dr. Westphal bring us up to speed on the status of our Stardust particle analyses, but he […]
For June’s Third Thursday (and on the summer solstice no less!), Dr. Andrew Westphal describes some of the new high-end equipment the team is using at the Advanced Light Source at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and how it should improve, and perhaps even speed up, the research. He also provides an overview of the […]
For May’s Third Thursday, Dr. Andrew Westphal takes us on an exclusive, behind the scenes tour of the Advanced Light Source at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. Note, this is an unedited video with a lot of comic relief! Please also excuse the abrupt ending due to the power capabilities of Dr. Westphal’s phone. Note: […]
For our February 2018 conversation (audio only), Dr. Andrew Westphal presented many details on the tools the team uses to analyze candidate particles, what we look for, and what we’re finding. You’ll also learn quite a bit about some of the pitfalls of this extraordinarily difficult work, and how we’d like to speed it up! […]
On January 18, 2018, as part of our monthly Third Thursday Telecon series, Dr. Andrew Westphal mentions that the team is eagerly expecting the arrival of a new interstellar dust candidate from Johnson Space Center. This particular particle was first found by longtime duster McAngus! There are also new efforts to incorporate the use of […]
For December’s Third Thursday, Dr. Andrew Westphal discusses some new ideas about how we might continue the online citizen search, plus gives his usual update on the latest lab findings so far. He also mentions a few details on NASA’s recent selections for who will get to submit what are called New Frontiers mission proposals. […]
For November’s Third Thursday (btw, there was no TT in October!), Dr. Andrew Westphal discusses some new candidate analysis results, plus plans for an upcoming revamped search strategy focused on smaller blocks of images. We’re also looking at potential team competitions in the Foils search, as well as new algorithms for auto recognition that show […]
For September’s Third Thursday, Dr. Andrew Westphal gives an update on the overall Stardust@home effort, including news regarding our efforts to advance our analysis techniques. Bonus – see a “live” track extraction in action! Note: For more information about these monthly webinars, including how to participate, please go to the most recent post on the […]
For July’s Third Thursday, Dr. Andrew Westphal reported on the 2017 Annual Meeting of the Meteoritical Society – their 80th! – from Santa Fe, NM, with a special focus on newly presented findings that relate to the Stardust@home effort. Enjoy! Note: For more information about these monthly webinars, including how to participate, please go to […]