19 August 2006


Reminiscent of the Clickworkers project, Stardust@Home uses human eyes to find specks of dust and cometary debris embedded in a piece of aerogel brought back from the Stardust space mission. Funny thing is, years ago as an undergrad one of my classmates gave a talk on his summer research project at NASA working on developing the aerogel...

Thanks to ian-atkin.net for the link/reminder to put something about this up.

Below are the contents of two previous comments to this post; the original posts themselves were deleted (and further commenting prohibited) on request of the first author due to their name being included.

Anonymous said...

Hi, my name is ********.

sorry if I am wrong, but is this NASA that is wanting volunteers to search through the pictures? If they spent so much money on all the equipment, I think they would have planned for the laboratory work as well, unless they are using volunteers to discover the least important (unless unkwonwn) part of the aerogel.

Instead of using your time searching through pictures, look up some NASA UFO videos on youtube.com or video.google.com . Wouldn't it be better instead to ask NASA why they don't do live broadcasts anymore, and disclose all information they know of regarding the kind of objects or "UFOS" they almost certainly know about.
Either that or there so many people out there trying to mislead others for almost no apparent reason.
2:39 AM, August 20, 2006

zandperl said...


The reason they need volunteers has three parts to it: (1) it is a task that computers are not yet able to do, and (2) it will take so many man-hours that it would take years with their current staff, and (3) if UC Berkeley and NASA were to hire people to work on it, they'd go bankrupt before they found anything.

As for UFOs, I personally don't believe they exist, and I think that the people who do think they exist want to believe and so are deceiving themselves when they see something they think is evidence of a UFO.
11:14 AM, August 20, 2006