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SS Weekly Highlight

Title:  The NASA Ames NAI Team participates inthe Theuerkauf Elementary School STEAM Day — Story: On December 6, 2018, Drs. Gustavo Cruz-Diaz, Christiaan Boersma and Andrew Mattioda of the NAI Ames CAN 7 Team participated in a STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics) camp held at Theuerkauf Elementary School, Mountain View. The camp was […]

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Space Science & Astrobiology Division Special Seminar

Title: Producing theoretical anharmonic infrared cascade spectra of PAHs — Speaker: Cameron Mackie, UC Berkeley — Abstract:The infrared (IR) signatures of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) have been observed in numerous astronomical objects: from young stellar objects, to planetary nebulae, to the emissions of galaxies as a whole. […]

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Space Science & Astrobiology Division Seminar Series

Title: Quantum Dot Behaviors of Flame-Formed Carbon Nanoparticles — Speaker: Hai Wang Department of Mechanical Engineering, Stanford University — Abstract: Nano-sized carbon grains comprised of disordered polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon (PAH) clusters are probably one of the most abundant forms of carbon material that exist in nature. […]

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BASALT: The Future of Mars, on Earth Today

The following papers were recently published in the journal AstrobiologyVol. 19, No. 3Special Collection: BASALT Research Program: Guest Editor: Darlene S.S. Lim, PhD Someday, human explorers will walk on the planet Mars. But, as young children and older space exploration enthusiasts often lament, “someday” doesn’t seem to be getting much closer. In one sense, that’s a blessing. […]

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Space Science & Astrobiology Division Seminar Series

Title: Titan’s Atmosphere: A Unique Laboratory for Chemistry in our Solar System — Speaker:David Dubois, Research scientist ,NASA- Ames Research Center, Space Science & Astrobiology Division — Abstract: Saturn’s moon Titan is the only moon in the Solar System to possess its own dense and gravitationally-bound atmosphere, mainly composed of N2 and CH4. […]

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COMET — COffee, MEet and Talk

COMET is an opportunity and fun way to meet others in the division, and begin to cross pollinate ideas and activities, or simply just be social. The details of how COMET works are listed below. Start with a voluntary signup – all in the division are welcome. click on the link below: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1-OyBHjDnPLWtGVxqw26iZp61JrTbS3sSj4CYR4uEaPo/edit#gid=0 The submitted […]

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Space Science & Astrobiology Division Special Seminar Series

Title: The Molecular Mechanisms of Spider Silk Assembly — Speaker: Gregory P. Holland, Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry,San Diego State University — Abstract: Over 300 million years spiders have evolved to produce six different silks and one glue-like substance. Spider silks are comprised almost entirely of protein and are used for a diverse range of […]

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AMES Space Science & Astrobiology Strategic Plan YIR – Preview

(Tiger) Team Strategic Planning Preview Meeting –1 PM —  Feb 7,  2019  — N245 Auditorium– Division Strategic Planning Retreat –NASA Research Park, Building 152, Room 171 28 Feb 2019, 9am – 5pm Purpose of Retreat: To revisit the “living” Division Strategic Plan (2018) Assess Success / Challenges Revise Division Capabilities — Add/Subtract Align capabilities with […]

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Space Science & Astrobiology Division Special Seminar

Title: 3D imaging and super-resolution for Earth and Mars — Speaker: Dr. Peter Muller, University College, London — Abstract: In 1988, Muller et al. developed the world’s first 3D fully automated stereo photogrammetric retrieval system for SPOT repeat-pass imagery as well as close-range images of human heads, rover camera images of Mojave desert and other stereo imagery. […]

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Space Science & Astrobiology Division Special Seminar

Title: Microbial sulfate reduction in actively serpentinizing mantle rocks — Speaker: Clemens Glombitza, NPP Research Fellow (SSX) — Abstract:The last two decades of planetary exploration have identified a number of environments beyond Earth that may contain liquid water, including the sub-ice oceans of icy moons in the outer solar system.  […]

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