About a year and 9 months ago, the Stardust spacecraft returned to Earth after its encounter with comet Wild-2 a year earlier. The craft was equipped with an aerogel collector to capture comet particles. Scientists estimate that Stardust also collected around 45 interstellar dust particles. That would be the first time ever and the search to find them in the aerogel has started.
Because it would take years to complete the search, the people at the Space Sciences Lab @ Berkeley decided to ask volunteers to look at scanned images of the aerogel and identify the tracks left by the interstellar particles. And the volunteer they’re looking for is you! The Stardust@Home project provides you with so called focus movies, a series of images of one point with a different focus. Then it’s up to you to spot the tracks left by dust particles.
Before you can do the real stuff you need to take a little test to see if you’re up to the task. But it’s not that hard and they have tutorials and stuff. Interested? Go and register!