Planetary Systems Branch (Code SST)

"NASA tech talk" at Google Making maps to explore the Earth, Moon, and Mars

Dr. Ross Beyer gave the second talk in the revived "NASA tech talk" series at Google. This talk focused on the advanced digital cartography work at Ames we use to create high-quality terrestrial and planetary maps. High-quality planetary maps and 3D terrain models have become essential for NASA to plan exploration missions and conduct planetary science. This is particularly true for robotic missions to the Moon and Mars, where maps are used for site selection, traverse planning, and planetary science. – Researchers first to identify nature of historic meteorite.

"Researchers at the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence Institute and NASA Ames Research Center, both located in Mountain View, Calif., initiated the Sutter's Mill Meteorite Consortium. Beauford and Sears, now a meteoriticist with NASA Ames, co–edit Meteorite magazine, an international journal of meteorite science. Sears is Beauford's doctoral adviser."

McKay: Global Warming Would Be Needed To Make Mars Habitable

The New York Times  (12/11, Ray, Subscription Publication, 1.68M) examines the question on whether humans could live on Mars if plants were raised to produce oxygen.

Space Science & Astrobiology Division Chief, and Planetary Systems Branch Chief Participate in 10th VEXAG Meeting, Washington DC

This week (13-15 November 2012), the Space Science and Astrobiology Division (Code SS) Chief, Dr. Timothy Lee, the Planetary Systems Branch Chief (Code SST), Dr. Jeffery Hollingsworth, and ARC NPP Resident Research Fellow, Dr. Amanda Brecht, attended the Tenth Venus Exploration Analysis Group (VEXAG) ( meeting in Washington DC and NASA Headquarters.
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