Ames scientists present latest research on polar volatiles to international community

Ames researchers Anthony Colaprete, Jennifer Heldmann, and Rick Elphic each delivered invited talks at the 57th Annual Brown-Vernadsky Microsymposium in Houston, TX, while Ted Roush and Elphic had poster presentations. This meeting was convened to explore our current knowledge of volatile materials on the Moon and Mercury and seek to identify the key questions, goals […]

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Dr. Andrew Mattioda featured in a Chickasaw Times article

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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.” […]

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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 […]

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