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Michael Karlinsky
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RE: Latest News: June 14,

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Latest News: June 14, 2006

Scanning of the areogel tiles is progressing at the Johnson Space Center. We are aiming to complete scanning and processing of 12 aerogel tiles before we launch the search. You can monitor our progress in the forum: Picture perfect: aerogel scanning progress.

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RE: RE: Latest News:

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Latest News: June 14, 2006

I am blind in one eye and can't hear out of the other. Guess I will leave stardust off my to do list.

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Lots of excellent projects

Lots of excellent projects happening in the greater DC community; if I hadn't gone a tad over-budget on telecom last quarter, I'd have more boxes to add here and to several projects that look very exciting... :)

All I can say is, for as long as it's been around, isn't aerogel a fascinating material?

Michael Karlinsky
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RE: All I can say is, for

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All I can say is, for as long as it's been around, isn't aerogel a fascinating material?

Did you see the photos?

Michael

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RE: RE: All I can say

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All I can say is, for as long as it's been around, isn't aerogel a fascinating material?

Did you see the photos?

Michael


Wow! The brick, and the flame!
Cheers, Mike.

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Dave Burbank
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You can actually buy Aerogel,

You can actually buy Aerogel, take a look here at United Nuclear. While they're only 'oddly shaped' pieces available for sale, wouldn't it be fun to mess around with. I think I'm going to insulate my house with it (maybe the energy savings will eventually offset the ridiculous cost of Aerogel).

There are 10^11 stars in the galaxy. That used to be a huge number. But it's only a hundred billion. It's less than the national deficit! We used to call them astronomical numbers. Now we should call them economical numbers. - Richard Feynman

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RE: \\I think I'm going to

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\\I think I'm going to insulate my house with it.


LOL... make sure you seal it up really good with a vapor barrier.

So United Nuclear sells little bits of scraps... but who is making it?

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Dave Burbank
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RE: So United Nuclear sells

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So United Nuclear sells little bits of scraps... but who is making it?

It looks like there are only a few companies who produce Aerogel due to the high initial capital needed and dificulty in manufacturing. I did find Aspen Aerogels, Inc who seem to have found a 'lower cost' method to produce this marvel of material science. The scraps that United Nuclear and others are selling are probably pieces that broke off of larger slabs meant for the aerospace industry.

Sorry for the late reply as I was opening my cottage this weekend, and we've got no electricity up there (god I love getting away this time of year).

Dave

EDIT : URL, Take a look at the video on their site.

There are 10^11 stars in the galaxy. That used to be a huge number. But it's only a hundred billion. It's less than the national deficit! We used to call them astronomical numbers. Now we should call them economical numbers. - Richard Feynman

Michael Karlinsky
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RE: Latest News: July 13,

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Latest News: July 13, 2006

For the past three months it has felt as though we are two weeks away from starting the project, and those two weeks never seem to shrink! But, we think that we are finally seeing the light at the end of the tunnel.

We have scanned more than 10 aerogel tiles in the Cosmic Dust Lab in Houston and have recently written a computer program that checks the focus on each of the 40,000 focus movies we have so far. We've found that we needed to go back to rescan a few of the tiles. We've set ourselves a target of having 12 complete tiles (about 50,000 focus movies) ready to search before we open the Virtual Microscope. We also need to finish development of parts of the website that are critical to the stardust search and the volunteers’ involvement.

We are hoping to launch in the second half of July, if all goes well. As promised, we will send out one (and only one) e-mail announcement to our pre-registrants on the day we open registration and the Virtual Microscope for live searching. Stay tuned, and thank you again for your patience.

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