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by albutterworth
Tue Jul 18, 2006 4:49 pm
Forum: Stardust@home Discussion
Topic: 7/18 Cool Note From Anna on Page 3: Aerogel Schematic
Replies: 31
Views: 35150

Hi fjgiie Hi Dr. Anna Butterworth, please, call me Anna :) Yes you are quite right, tiles I013, 16, 27, 30, 31 will need to be rescanned. Tiles I015 and I031 were already rescans. It seems that some tiles are much harder to do than others. My feeling is we just scan some other tiles and come back to...
by albutterworth
Fri Jul 14, 2006 5:15 pm
Forum: Updates
Topic: Quality checking - Progress Report 14 July 2006
Replies: 0
Views: 10966

Quality checking - Progress Report 14 July 2006

We've introduced a new step in our processing of the focus movies. It's a quality assurance check to help us decide when a tile needs to be rescanned. The problem is that the surface of the aerogel is rough and cracked when viewed through a microscope. I don't think it's the 7 years in space that is...
by albutterworth
Fri Jul 07, 2006 8:50 am
Forum: Message Board Archive
Topic: Picture Perfect ?
Replies: 22
Views: 20842

re progress hi everyone. Yes we're still making progress... still scanning, and still quality checking tiles. We're still not quite ready to launch. I'm currently away from UC Berkeley Space Sciences Lab working on X-ray spectroscopy of Stardust comet particles (this is really cool science!). In add...
by albutterworth
Thu Jun 22, 2006 4:07 pm
Forum: Updates
Topic: Update: 22 Jun 2006 - Focus movie updates
Replies: 0
Views: 7316

Update: 22 Jun 2006 - Focus movie updates

Hello patient people! We are continuing to scan aerogel and produce focus movies. To date our database has 24,959 focus movies ready to go. That's 4 tiles completed and another 3 tiles almost complete. We're aiming for 12 complete tiles before we launch. After 4 perfect scans last week, we had to re...
by albutterworth
Wed Jun 14, 2006 11:08 pm
Forum: Stardust@home Discussion
Topic: 7/18 Cool Note From Anna on Page 3: Aerogel Schematic
Replies: 31
Views: 35150

Get ready for some detail :) When the project ends we will have scanned about 5000 focus movies per aerogel tile. Right now we're getting about 4000 movies per tile, because we're leaving out the edges. We have to go back and do the edges later because they need a different focal range. It takes abo...
by albutterworth
Sun Jun 11, 2006 12:13 pm
Forum: Stardust@home Community
Topic: True discoverer
Replies: 49
Views: 51312

hi gcarlsen thanks for your question. You need only click the position of the track in one frame of the movie to record its coordinates in our database. Even if the track is at an angle, we'll still find it on review of the focus movie (and subsequently looking at the coordinates on the aerogel itse...
by albutterworth
Thu Jun 08, 2006 3:12 pm
Forum: Updates
Topic: Update: 8 Jun 2006 - Progress Report
Replies: 0
Views: 7897

Update: 8 Jun 2006 - Progress Report

Progress Report We are aiming to complete scanning and processing of 12 aerogel tiles before we launch. I'm keeping track by color-coding a diagram and I've shared out the view in 'Picture Perfect' http://stardustathome.ssl.berkeley.edu/forum/viewtopic.php?t=78 We are also making a number of modific...
by albutterworth
Thu Jun 08, 2006 1:20 pm
Forum: Updates
Topic: Picture perfect: aerogel scanning progress
Replies: 0
Views: 59828

Picture perfect: aerogel scanning progress

Since a picture is worth a thousand words, here's my schematic of our progress collecting focus movies from the aerogel collector -Anna http://stardustathome.ssl.berkeley.edu/images/scan-diagram_LR.jpg For more information about the red tiles quality checking read my progress report Quality checking...
by albutterworth
Wed May 31, 2006 5:02 pm
Forum: Announcements
Topic: Forum Rules
Replies: 0
Views: 24329

Forum Rules

The Stardust@home team would like to welcome you to these message boards, which are hosted by UC Berkeley in support of our distributed search for interstellar dust. We remind you of the Registration Agreement Terms when you signed up: "You agree that the webmaster, administrator and moderators of t...
by albutterworth
Wed May 24, 2006 6:27 pm
Forum: Announcements
Topic: FAQs about launching the Stardust@home search
Replies: 0
Views: 19389

FAQs about launching the Stardust@home search

When can I register and start searching? We will launch the Virtual Microscope once we have collected enough movies to sustain the VM searches, while we continue to scan the aerogel in parallel. Best estimates at present are early June. update We want to have 12 tiles ready before we open the Login...
by albutterworth
Wed May 24, 2006 6:19 pm
Forum: Announcements
Topic: Where to find answers about Stardust@home
Replies: 0
Views: 19120

Where to find answers about Stardust@home

Where Can I find information about Stardust@home and read news updates? The Planetary Society work in close collaboration with the UC Berkeley team to bring you news and answers to frequently asked questions about the Stardust@home project http://www.planetary.org/programs/projects/stardustathome/f...
by albutterworth
Tue May 23, 2006 10:57 am
Forum: Stardust@home Community
Topic: Media coverage of Stardust & Stardust@home
Replies: 25
Views: 57106

and back to Stardust

Did anyone catch the Daily Show (January 18th) segment on Stardust?
Priceless!


Anna
by albutterworth
Tue May 23, 2006 10:37 am
Forum: Stardust@home Community
Topic: Media coverage of Stardust & Stardust@home
Replies: 25
Views: 57106

This is going a little off-topic with regards to Stardust@home, but considering sample return from space as a broader topic: The science goals of Genesis are to measure very accurately, very precisely, much of the periodic table of elements and their isotopes in the Sun's photosphere. The first part...
by albutterworth
Mon May 22, 2006 11:41 pm
Forum: Stardust@home Community
Topic: True discoverer
Replies: 49
Views: 51312

DustTrailFinder, to answer both of your questions We're planning to make about 20% of the movies calibrations at the start. That may well change if everyone is doing superbly well for example. About 500 members of the Planetary Society very kindly tested out the VM for us in our 'alpha test' last mo...
by albutterworth
Mon May 22, 2006 10:10 pm
Forum: Stardust@home Community
Topic: Media coverage of Stardust & Stardust@home
Replies: 25
Views: 57106

Re: Wrote an newsarticle about Stardust@home on wikinews

That was the Genesis Spacecraft and it used much more flashy material. Realilistically (anyone correct me if I'm wrong) it could probably have been done with Aerogel, but they deceided that waffers of Ruby, Gold, and Diamond would be more beneficial. Also, they deceided on the stupid catch plan tha...