Tuesday, August 01, 2006

Stardust Volunteers Finally Get Busy

As we reported in January 2006, NASA researchers in charge of finding and cataloguing the tiny particles of comet dust collected by the Stardust probe solicited volunteers from the general public to help. The project is called Stardust@home and more than 100,000 people have already passed muster and stand ready to participate.

Scientists planned to have samples ready for review by March, but the process became much more difficult than they had hoped, pushing the sample release date back to today. This is just the first batch, however. More are expected through 2007 as scientists continue to process and prepare the Aerogel sample collectors.

Universe Today has a concise story about the entire volunteer project from inception right up to today, when they finally had something to look at. Check it out here.

But remember, you read about it on SpaceBlog Alpha, first...

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