Astrophysics Branch (Code SSA)

Kepler Telescope May Have Found Most Earth-Like Planet Yet

SPACE http://www.space.com/19201-most-earth-like-alien-planet.html  (1/10, Moskowitz) reports, "A possible alien planet discovered by NASA's Kepler space telescope is the most Earth-like world yet detected beyond our solar system, scientists say." If confirmed, the new planet would be 1.5 times the size of the Earth and would be located in its star's habitable zone.
Paper on the Sutter's Mill Meteorite Appears in

Paper on the Sutter's Mill Meteorite Appears in "Science"

The Sutter's Mill meteorite fell to ground on 22 April 2012 and shortly thereafter searches were instigated for samples by NASA-ARC and SETI personnel in cooperation with multiple volunteers from the public.

SOFIA Upgrades: Integrating Telescope Onboard Command and Control Systems

NASA mission news - SOFIA Upgrades: Integrating Telescope Onboard Command and Control Systems. NASA's Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA) aircraft has recently received major upgrades to its observatory and avionics systems that will significantly improve the systems' efficiency and operability. 
http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/SOFIA/sofia_status_12_03.htm

AAS Leadership & Executive Committee Meeting

Dr. Farid Salama was invited to attend the AAS Fall Leadership Meeting and Executive Committee Meeting and to prepare and present a 2-page report providing the basic information about the Laboratory Astrophysics Division for distribution to other Division leaders as a snapshot of the purpose and activities as well as recent accomplishments and future plans of the new division.
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