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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 – 25 October 2018 (and obviously a week late!)

In our October 2018 video chat, Dr. Andrew Westphal comments on potential interstellar tracks from the Foils VM. These potential tracks were submitted by veteran dusters who were interested in Dr. Westphal’s expert opinion. Yet, as you’ll see, nothing is ever certain until final analysis through particle extraction followed by additional intensive light beam analysis […]

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Third Thursday Telecon – 20 September 2018

For our September 2018 Third Thursday Telecon, Stardust@home’s Anna Butterworth gives a brief update on our timeline for analysis of three interstellar candidates, as well as how we’re doing on getting together the next extraction list. She also describes her current funding to propose a new NASA mission to look for life elsewhere in our […]

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Third Thursday Telecon – 16 August 2018

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!

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Third Thursday Telecon – 26 July 2018

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 […]

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Third Thursday Telecon – 21 June 2018

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 […]

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Third Thursday Telecon – 17 May 2018

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: […]

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Third Thursday Telecon – 15 February 2018

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! […]

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Third Thursday Telecon – 18 January 2018

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 […]

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Third Thursday Telecon – 21 December 2017

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. […]

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Third Thursday Telecon – 16 November 2017

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 […]

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