Tom Greene on Protostars and Exoplanets

Tom Greene attended a meeting of the joint US – European Mid-Infrared Science Team of the James Webb Space Telescope in Chicago. The team started planning guaranteed time observations with the mid-infrared instrument (MIRI). Greene made presentations on the protostar and exoplanet programs that he is leading. Collaboration discussions were started with the European guaranteed […]

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Education Supplement for “Spaceward Bound Mojave 2010 and 2011”

Chris McKay, Liza Coe and Henry Sun (DRI) were selected for award of an education supplement for “Spaceward Bound Mojave 2010 and 2011.” The ROSES parents proposals are “Biological accumulation of D-amino acids in endolithic microbial communities” (PI: Henry Sun, DRI) and “Raman UV/Fluorescence for Planetary Protection Bioburden Monitoring” (PI: Chris McKay). For each year […]

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Discovery of HCN ice on Triton

Dale Cruikshank and Cristina Dalle Ore are collaborating with Martin Burgdorf (SOFIA group at Ames) and Tomohiko Sekiguchi (Tokyo) in the interpretation of a spectrum of Triton obtained with the Japanese AKARI telescope in space. They have submitted a paper to Astronomy and Astrophysics, and will present some preliminary results of the work at the […]

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Peeking at the youngest stars

Tom Greene attended the 3rd and final meeting of the Electromagnetic observations from space program prioritization panel of the Astro 2010 decadal survey in Washington, DC 23 – 25 September. Tom Greene gave an invited colloquium titled “Peeking at the youngest stars” at Sonoma State University on September 28. […]

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UV Abiotic Production of the Molecule Uracil

A scientific paper has just appeared in the journal Astrobiology in which it is shown that UV irradiation of astrophysical ices containing pyrimidine can result in the abiotic production of the molecule uracil. Uracil is one of the nucleobases that are the building blocks of DNA and RNA. The work was done by Michel Nuevo, […]

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Dale Cruikshank to participate in the Steering Group of the Planetary Decadal Survey

Dr. Cruikshank has accepted an invitation to participate in the Steering Group of the Planetary Decadal Survey that will establish priorities in Solar System missions and related research for the next decade. The Survey is an activity of the National Research Council (Space Studies Board) of the National Academy of Sciences, done at the request […]

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