Thursday, January 12, 2006


Photo: Stardust@home
bwo: Boing-Boing

From Stardust@home:
"In January 2004, the Stardust spacecraft flew through the coma of comet Wild2 and captured thousands of cometary dust grains in special aerogel collectors. Two years later, in January 2006, Stardust will return these dust grains --- the first sample return from a solid solar-system body beyond the Moon --- to Earth. But Stardust carries an equally important payload on the opposite side of the cometary collector: the first samples of contemporary interstellar dust ever collected. As well as being the first mission to return samples from a comet, Stardust is the first sample return mission from the Galaxy. But finding the incredibly tiny interstellar dust impacts in the Stardust Interstellar Dust Collector (SIDC) will be extremely difficult."

I applied but have yet to hear anything back. If I hear something back I plan on logging my work here on Chromatophilms including the application process, testing and the work. It is the chance of a lifetime for me... an artist by design, but a scientist at heart! At best I could be listed in a scientific paper as a co-author. That is "the business!"

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