Arctic Mars Analog Svalbard Expedition

David Bish

David Blake and Tori Hoehler, of ARC’s Exobiology Branch, are participating in the Arctic Mars Analog Svalbard Expedition (AMASE) 2006 using it as a Mars test-bed for CheMin (A Miniaturized Simultaneous X-ray Diffraction/X-ray Fluorescence Instrument) which will fly on MSL 2009, along with a suite of other instruments. Blake and Hoehler are operating CheMin (for […]

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Highlights for 12/16/09

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Tom Greene (Astrophysics Branch) Tom Roellig and Tom Greene attended a meeting of the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) Near-InfraRed Camera (NIRCam) science team in Palo Alto, CA on December 14 and 15. NIRCam is gearing up for testing its engineering unit in Palo Alto. Both are also working on defining NIRCam guaranteed time observations […]

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Highlights for 02/13/09

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ennifer Heldmann (SST) on Detail to HQ: Ames Scientist Interviewed About Contamination Rules. NPR (2/6, Flatow), in “Talk of the Nation,” interviewed Christopher McKay of the Ames Research Center on revising the rules on interplanetary contamination. McKay said, “I think COSPAR, which is the international organization that implements these policies, should have a conference – […]

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Highlights for 02/20/09

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Tori Hoehler (SSX): Tori Hoehler was a speaker/panelist at a public event at Chabot Space & Science Center. Hoehler and UC Berkeley professor Gibor Basri provided astrobiology and astronomy perspectives, respectively, as they interacted with a live audience to explore the subject of extrasolar planets. The panel discussion was the culmination of a night-long series […]

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Highlights for 02/27/09

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Jesse Bregman (SSA): Farid Salama was has affirmed his appointment as a member of an Astro2010 Infrastructure Study Group. Tom Greene (SSA): – Tom Greene attended a meeting of the Keck Observatory Science Steering Committee (SSC) in Waimea, HI on February 18 and 19. He and Rachel Akeson, the other NASA Keck SSC representative, are […]

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Highlights for 03/13/09

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Space Science & Astrobiology Division Highlights week ending 03/13/09 Scott Sandford (Astrophysics Branch SSA): Dr. Scott Sandford made a presentation on the final Comet Coma Rendezvous and Sample Return (CCRSR) concept mission at NASA Headquarters on Friday, February 27. The CCRSR is one of the missions being studied under the Discovery and Scout Mission Capabilities […]

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Highlights for 03/20/09

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Bob Haberle (Planetary Systems Branch / SST): Bob Haberle attended a Mars Meteorology Network meeting at the Southwest Research Institute in Boulder, CO last week (3/10-12). The purpose of the meeting was to reassess the value of network meteorological missions to Mars. The product of the workshop will be a white paper that will provide […]

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