Dr. Elisa Quintana

Dr. Elisa Quintana receives the Lupe Ontiveros Dream Award

Dr. Elisa Quintana, a senior fellow in the NASA Postdoctoral Program at NASA Ames Research Center received the Lupe Ontiveros Dream Award.  Dr. Quintana works with Kepler data to search for and characterize extrasolar planets.  The award was presented to Dr. Quintana at a ceremony at the Los Angeles Theatre Center on October 4, 2014.
Smallest Exoplanet

Neptune-sized orb is smallest alien world known to have water vapour.

For situation awareness, at 10am PT 9/24/14, NATURE published a result on the smallest exoplanet to have molecules detected in its atmosphere. HAT-P-11b, a Neptune-sized planet, is the smallest exoplanet to have molecules of any kind detected in the atmosphere. 
MB Atacama 1

Sampling for Biomarkers in the Atacama Desert

NASA Ames Pathway PhD Candidate, Mary Beth Wilhelm, conducted Mars analog field work in the Atacama Desert in Chile with Senior Research Scientist Dr. Alfonso Davila of the SETI Institute and Civil Servant Dr. Jennifer Eigenbrode of NASA Goddard.

LIDAR scan of FINESSE team members in a lava tube

FINESSE team conducts fieldwork and hosts Media Day at Craters of the Moon National Monument and Preserve

The Field Investigations to Enable Solar System Science and Exploration (FINESSE) team's first field campaign occurred in Idaho from July 29 to August 8, 2014. 
 
The FINESSE team, led by NASA's Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, California, is focused on a science and exploration field-based research program to generate strategic knowledge in preparation for human and robotic exploration of our moon, Mars’ moons Phobos and Deimos, and near-Earth asteroids.
 
FINESSE Forum

Ames FINESSE Team Presents Science Data at NASA's Exploration Science Forum

The FINESSE (Field Investigations to Enable Solar System Science and Exploration) team participated in the NASA Exploration Science Forum last week at Ames.
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