Astrophysics Branch (Code SSA)

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.

Interview for Nature Magazine

Dr. Farid Salama was interviewed by a Nature Magazine's reporter on the growth of laboratory astrophysics, the formation of the laboratory astrophysics division at the AAS and the current situation in the field. 
Observatory Dome

CIAS Workshop on new and Advanced Techniques in Laboratory Astrophysics

Dr. Farid Salama was invited by the Meudon Observatory (CNRS, Paris, France) to attend a workshop organized by the CIAS on the topic of new and future techniques in laboratory astrophysics.
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