Astrophysics Branch (Code SSA)

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.

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. 
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