Planetary Systems Branch (Code SST)

Curiosity Rover Preparing For Upcoming Activities

SPACE (5/8, Wall) continued coverage of how now that the Curiosity rover has resumed operations, it is "gearing up for lots of action in the coming weeks." Curiosity deputy project scientist Ashwin Vasavada of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory said, "A couple of weeks to move to the site and drill, and then the experiments themselves can take also a couple of weeks - that's about the time scale we're looking at. …
Richard Young

In memorium - Richard E. Young 1943-2013

Update: Please plan to join old friends and neighbors and meet new friends to celebrate the short, good life of Rich Young.

March 16, 2013 at 3:00pm in Squaw Valley, California

Please RSVP by email to cynyoung2@aol.com

"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.

Phys.org – 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."
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