Astrophysics Branch (Code SSA)

Ames Kepler mission news – Kepler Mission Manager Update

It has been more than three-and-a-half-years since the Kepler mission launched in March 2009. The spacecraft has continued in its heliocentric, drift-away orbit and is now more than 45 million miles away from Earth. The Kepler project team has completed two science data downloads since the last update. The most recent data download on Jan. 11, 2013 included a quarterly roll to winter attitude.

SOFIA Provides "Unprecedented View" Of Part Of Milky Way

SOFIA Provides "Unprecedented View" Of Part Of Milky Way.?The Aerospace Daily & Defense Report http://www.aviationweek.com/Article.aspx?id=/article-xml/asd_01_10_2013_p05-02-535162.xml  (1/10, Mecham) reported, "About 4-6 million years ago, 'something big' happened at the center of the Milky Way and NASA's Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (Sofia) has brought back the latest pictures."

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.

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