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 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."
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) (http://www.lpi.usra.edu/vexag/) meeting in Washington DC and NASA Headquarters.