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Astrophysics Branch (Code SSA)
Chief: Jessie Dotson
Assistant Chief: Christine Martinez
Branch Office: 650.604.5528
Observations, Instrument Development, and Experiments
We perform observations from ground-based and space-born telescopes to better understand the origin of stars and planetary systems and support space missions. We had more successful Spitzer space telescope proposals than any other organization, we have performed observations from the Hubble space telescope and space mission spectrometers such as Cassini VIMS, and our scientists are so well respected that they chair and sit on observatory time allocation committees.
The SOFIA water vapor monitor
We develop instruments and detectors to improve the capabilities of ground based and airborn telescopes. This is possible thanks to our scientists expertise in IR observations and our highly specialized instrument development shop tailored to producing scientific equipment and rapid prototyping which has produced flight hardware for airborne and space use. The team of technicians has extensive expertise with high vacuum systems, cryogenics, and optics. But that's not all…
Ice Spectroscopy and photo-chemistry:
Facilities include High-vacuum cryogenic equipment to simulate space ices, from interstellar grains at 10 K to icy surfaces of planets, comets, and satellites in the outer Solar System.
Alexandrite, Nd/YAG, and dye lasers and associated optical instrumentation for the vaporization, and photo-luminescence, and spectroscopic analysis of materials.
Chromatography for the analysis of organic molecules from meteorites and simulation experiments.
Gas-phase spectroscopy: A Pulsed slit discharge nozzle that produces ultracold, very low density gas and plasmas combined with a high sensitivity cavity ringdown spectrometer.
NASA Ames Conference Center (NACC)March 3, 2015 - 8:00am - 5:00pmOn March 3, 2015 we will have a full day of talks and poster sessions in order to showcase the work done by the Space Science and Astrobiology Division and Space Science projects at Ames. Please make time to join us, learn something new, chat with new folks and maybe even start up a new collaboration. There are lots of ways you can participate: give a talk, present a poster, demo your equipment, nominate someone to give one of the lectures and -- of course -- attend.Important Dates:Abstract Submission Deadline: January 16, 2015Lecturer Nomination Deadline: January 16, 2015Registration Deadline: February 24, 2015Jamboree: March 3, 2015Abstract Submission -- Due January 16If you are interested in giving a talk, presenting a poster, or providing an equipment display, please email a PDF of your one page abstract to firstname.lastname@example.org. We will be devoting one page in the Jamboree abstract booklet to each submitted abstract — so feel free to use the entire page. In the PDF, please include:+ Title+ Authors+ Science Topic (choose one): Astrobiology, Astrophysics, Exoplanet, Planetary Atmosphere & Climate, or Planetary Surfaces and Interiors+ Abstract (one page or less; pictures and plots are great to include!)In your email please specify the following:+ Poster, Talk, or Display+ If Display, please specify space requirements (how much space, is electrical needed, …)
Lecturer Nominations -- Due January 16We will have two longer (one hour) lectures. The lecturers will be chosen among the nominations received in the following categories. (To be considered in either category, candidates should be Space Scientists resident at Ames)+ Outstanding Early Career Space Scientist -- A researcher who has done outstanding work who has not reached their 37th birthday OR have held a doctorate for no more than 6 years (whichever is later) at the end of 2015.+ Pollack lecture -- a Senior scientist who is being recognized for their lifetime achievement.Nominations should be no more than one page and should summarize the body of meritorious work. References to the key publications should be included. It is also helpful to mention previously received accolades.Nominations will be accepted from anyone in SS. Self nominations are acceptable. Any individual can only nominate one candidate in each category.Please email all nominations to email@example.com.
Registration -- Due February 24In order to have an accurate headcount for refreshments (and to allow us sufficient time to make name tags), we ask that all attendees register by February 24. Any member of the Ames community may attend the SS Jamboree. In order to register, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with a subject line of Jamboree Registration. In the body of the message, please specify your name as you'd like it to appear on your name tag.
Nasa Ames, Building 152March 24, 2015 - 8:00am - March 26, 2015 - 5:00pm
NASA's Ames Research Center and the SETI Institute will co-host a workshop on Planetary Protection Knowledge Gaps for Human Extraterrestrial Missions on March 24-26, 2015, in Moffett Field, California.
While planetary protection requirements are in place for robotic missions, there is presently insufficient scientific and technological knowledge to establish effective quantitative requirements for the development of crewed spacecraft and missions. To prepare for such future missions, NASA created the NASA Policy on Planetary Protection Requirements for Human Extraterrestrial Missions (NPI 8020.7) that outlines the need to increase knowledge in the following study areas while iteratively developing an appropriate set of requirements:
• Study Area 1: Microbial and human health monitoring
• Study Area 2: Technology and operations for contamination control
• Study Area 3: Natural transport of contamination on Mars
The goal of this workshop is to capture the current state of knowledge in the aforementioned areas and identify additional research to appropriately inform planetary protection requirements development for the human exploration of Mars.