Astrophysics Branch (Code SSA)


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.

Introducing the new AAS Laboratory Astrophysics Division

The first new AAS division in more than 30 years was introduced last week by the AAS. The new division is the Laboratory Astrophysics Division (LAD) of the American Astronomical Society (AAS). LAD's mission is to advance our understanding of the universe through the promotion of fundamental theoretical and experimental research into the underlying processes that drive cosmic evolution.

First Hayabusa samples transferred to NASA

Dr. Scott Sandford of NASA-ARC made a trip to Japan in December 2011 to join Japanese colleagues at the SPring-8 cyclotron facility in order to study some of the particles returned from asteroid Itokawa by the Hayabusa spacecraft. 

Ames scientist reviews a Giant Magellan Telescope Instrument

Dr. Tom Greene attended and chaired the conceptual design review (CoDR) of the near-infrared multi-object spectrograph (NIRMOS) for the Giant Magellan Telescope (GMT) in Pasadena on October 6 and 7. Other review team members were from Caltech, Lick Observatory, NOAO, Swinburne University, and the University of Chicago. If built, this instrument would be the most capable near-infrared MOS on Earth and would rival the James Webb Space Telescope. Six GMT instruments have now passed through CoDR, and the GMT project will soon decide which ones will be funded for development.
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