January 1st, 2006 - January 1st, 2006 | PROJECT

Join us in the search for interstellar dust! In 2006, the Stardust spacecraft returned particles of interstellar dust that originated in distant stars. But before they can be studied, these tiny dust grains will have to be found. This is where you come in! Our volunteers are using an online Virtual Microscope to search for these elusive particles, which were captured in aerogel. In addition, the discoverer of an interstellar dust particle will appear as a co-author in the discovery announcement, and will name the particle!

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University of California, Berkeley, Contributor
The Planetary Society, Contributor
NASA, Contributor
Andrew Westphal, Project Manager


Funding Source: NASA


Audience: Adults | Elementary School Children (6-10) | General Public | Middle School Children (11-13) | Youth | Teen (up to 17)
Discipline: Nature of science | Space science
Resource Type: Project Descriptions
Environment Type: Citizen Science Programs | Public Programs