Dr. Andrew Mattioda featured in a Chickasaw Times article

Chickasaw - Mattioda

Dr. Andrew Mattioda was featured in a Chickasaw Times newspaper article, the official newspaper of the Chickasaw Nation. The article covers Dr. Mattioda’s rural Oklahoma background and his commitment to inspire children from rural areas, specifically Native Americans, to pursue STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) careers. Dr. Mattioda led the Ames Astrochemistry NAI (NASA […]

Read More…

LADEE Solves Decades-Old Question About Moon’s Neon

The Christian Science Monitor (8/18, Warner, 455K) continues coverage of how the LADEE spacecraft confirmed that the moon’s atmosphere, also known as an exosphere contains neon. Mehdi Benna of the Goddard Space Flight Center, the lead author of the study, said, “The presence of neon in the exosphere of the moon has been a subject […]

Read More…

NASA’s Kepler Telescope Discovers Ancient Planets

NASA’s Kepler Telescope Discovers Ancient Planets. New Scientist (1/27, Grossman, 297K) reports on a discovery of five ancient planets around an 11.2 billion-year old star. The discovery by NASA’s Kepler space telescope of “planets around an orange dwarf star called Kepler 444, which is 117 light years away and about 25 per cent smaller than […]

Read More…

Dr. Andrew Mattioda conducts Education Outreach to the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma

Amattioda Choctaw

July 12-15, 2014, Dr. Andrew Mattioda traveled to the Choctaw Nation Jones Academy boarding school to participate in their first STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) summer camp for Choctaw Nation youth. Coming from a background similar to theirs, Dr. Mattioda talked with the students about the path he took to become a NASA scientist […]

Read More…

Mars Rover Breaks Driving Record

Mars Rover Breaks Driving Record. The Pasadena (CA) Star-News (7/28, 89K) reports that on Monday, NASA announced that “the Opportunity Mars rover broke a world record this month when, after 10.5 years, its odometer read 25 miles.” The piece notes that “the space rover has gone 40 times above and beyond NASA’s expectations, said John […]

Read More…

Mars Rover Continues Mission Toward Mount Sharp

Ken Kremer at Universe Today (6/22, 18K) writes about NASA’s Curiosity mission, which is traveling across the floor of Mars’ Gale Crater toward “Mount Sharp on an expedition in search of the chemical ingredients of life that could support Martian microbes if they ever existed.” […]

Read More…

Christopher McKay Develops “Extreme Checklist” For Habitable Planets

New Scientist (6/9, Grossman, 329K) reports that Christopher McKay of the Ames Research Center has developed an “expanded checklist” of the types of planets that could host life. The new checklist was based on “the extremes that life can endure” here on Earth. McKay cautioned that Titan, with its surface liquid and weather cycle based […]

Read More…

SOFIA Gaining New Instrument

Britt Rawcliffe at Spaceflight Insider (6/5) wrote that the Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA) is getting a new instrument called the Echelon-Cross-Echelle Spectrograph (EXES), which stated testing back in April. SOFIA program scientist Pamela Marcum said that the addition of the instrument will give SOFIA an “unprecedented ability to study celestial objects at wavelengths […]

Read More…