Planetary Systems Branch (Code SST)

Planetary Systems Branch Chief invited to University of Oxford as an External Examiner for the D.Phil. (PhD) degree

During the week of 29 October through 2 November 2012, Dr Jeffery Hollingsworth, Space Scientist & Chief, Planetary Systems Branch (Code SST), and Principal Investigator (PI) of the NASA ARC Mars Climate Modeling Project (MCMC), was invited to travel to the United Kingdom by the Mathematical, Physical and Life Sciences Division and the Head of the Atmospheric, Oceanic and Planetary Physics Department (AOPP), University of Oxford, to serve as the External Examiner in the D.Phil. (PhD) examination (or "viva") of Mr David Mulholland, a candidate for degree.
SAM (Sample Analysis on Mars)

SAM (Sample Analysis on Mars)

The SAM (Sample Analysis on Mars) instrument on the Curiosity Mars Rover has completed its initial testing and checkout.
The instrument has already sampled the Martian air, measuring the bulk composition and searching for methane.
In the first few days of November it is expected the the instrument will obtain its first soil sample.
Meteorite Discovery

Scientist Retracts Claim About Meteorite In California

 

The KTVU-TV http://www.ktvu.com/news/news/local/scientist-retracts-claim-rock-found-novato-was-met/nSmMt/  San Francisco (10/24) website reports, "After a fireball streaked across the Bay Area sky last Wednesday evening, scientists and locals alike were on the hunt for pieces of the meteor that was believed to have made landfall in the Bay Area."

InOMN

International Observe the Moon Night

NASA Ames welcomed several hundred members of the community for International Observe the Moon Night (InOMN) this year. 
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