Astrophysics Branch (Code SSA)


Ames Scientist helping test the James Webb Space Telescope NIRCam instrument at Lockheed Martin

Tom Greene has been helping with the cryogenic testing of the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) Near-infrared camera (NIRCam) flight instrument at the Lockheed Martin Advanced Technology Center in Palo Alto since June 28.

New Laboratory Astrophysics Division, LAD, is Launched at the AAS Summer Meeting in Anchorage

Farid Salama and his colleagues from the Steering Committee attended the launch of the first new AAS Division in over thirty years, the Laboratory Astrophysics Division (LAD), where they were presented with a certificate  commemorating this historic occasion in recognition of the role they played in helping motivate the formation of the division.
Sutter's Mill meteorite

Search for the "Sutter's Mill" meteorite

The fireball created by the falling meteoroid, which is thought to have been about 3-4 meters in diameter, was seen in multiple states.  These searches have so far turned up two fragments of the original body, and additional pieces have been found by meteorite dealers and members of the public. 


NASA's Kepler Mission Wins 2012 Aviation Week Laureate Award

MOFFETT FIELD, Calif. -- NASA's Kepler mission has been named winner of the 2012 Aviation Week Laureate Award in the Space category, announced last night at the 55th annual black-tie awards dinner in Washington, D.C.

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