Planetary Systems Branch (Code SST)

Haven House Family Shelter NASA Explorers' Program

Through the support of a Space Grant Foundation of California award, Darlene Lim has began her initiative to bring STEM topics to kids ages 5-15 at the Haven House Family Shelter. This shelter houses homeless families and the children in this establishment have numerous barriers to academic success that they must overcome.  STEM related programming is currently missing from the Shelter Network's Children's Program, and this pilot program will be a first for the organization.
LADEE UVS being integrated onto LADEE SC radiator deck

LADEE UVS flight instrument integrated on spacecraft

The LADEE Ultraviolet-Visible Spectrometer (UVS) was successfully integrated to the LADEE SC on August 23, 2012.  The UVS instrument will use its 3-inch limb viewing telescope and solar occultation viewer to search for atmospheric lunar dust and gasses, including sodium and potassium.

STEM Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics

NASA Completes One-on-One Virtual Mentoring for Middle School Girls

Jennifer Heldmann (Code SST) recently participated in NASA G.I.R.L.S. (Giving Initiative and Relevance to Learning Science), a virtual mentoring program to help girls get excited about careers in science and technology.

Ross A. Beyer, elected to the American Astronomical Soceity's Division for Planetary Sciences Committee

Dr. Ross Beyer has been elected to the DPS Committee for a 3-year term. 

The DPS is the primary scholarly society for Planetary Sciences, and the Committee, along with the Chair and other officers, is responsible for governing the society.
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