Highlights for 04/03/09

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Scott Sandford (Astrophysics Branch / SSA): Scientists from NASA-Ames’ Astrochemistry Laboratory, Scott Sandford, Stefanie Milam, and Michel Nuevo, were coauthors on a paper entitled “The impact and recovery of asteroid 2008 TC3” that appeared in the 26 March 2009 issue of Nature. The paper’s authors describe the discovery of a small asteroid, 2008 TC3, on […]

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Highlights for 04/17/09 (archived)

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Dale Cruikshank (Astrophysics Branch / SSA): 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 […]

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Highlights for 05/01/09

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Farid Salama (Astrophysics Branch / SSA): Farid Salama (SSA) was invited to serve on the Science Organizing Committee (SOC) and the Local Organizing Committee (LOC) of the 10th International Colloquium on Atomic Spectra and Oscillator Strengths (ASOS) for Astrophysical and Laboratory Plasmas to be held in Berkeley in August 2010. The ASOS meeting has been […]

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Highlights for 06/19/09

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Tom Greene (Astrophysics Branch) 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 […]

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Highlights for 06/26 & 07/3

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Bob Rubin (ORION / Astrophysics Branch) Paper accepted: ANALYSIS OF BREIT-PAULI TRANSITION PROBABILITIES FOR LINES IN O III C. Froese Fischer G. Tachiev R. H. Rubin M. Rodr’iguez 2009, ApJ (in press) Jennifer Heldmann (Planetary Systems Branch on detail to HQ) -LRO Scheduled To Arrive At The Moon Tuesday. Computerworld (6/20, Gaudin) reported, “NASA reported […]

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Highlights for 07/31/09

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Emmett Quigley (Astrophysics Branch) AIDL Highlights The Code S AIDL (Airborne Instrument Development Laboratory) has had an exciting past few weeks. Here are some highlights of our activities. Emmett Quigley (AIDL) and Fred Witteborn (Ames Chronograph) have worked together to design the Kinematics Support for the optical table to be used in the next phase […]

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Highlights for 09/04/09

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Jeff Scargle (Planetary Systems Branch) Jeff Scargle is attending the Fermi LAT Collaboration Meeting, a science workshop for the Fermi Gamma Ray Space Telescope (FGST) Large Area Telescope (LAT), and presenting data analysis results and methods. Jack Lissauer (Planetary Systems Branch) Jack has just begun as a Visiting Fellow at the Isaac Newton Institute for […]

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Highlights for 09/18/09

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Jennifer Heldmann (Planetary Systems Branch on detail to HQ) NASA Picks Crater For LCROSS Mission. The Los Angeles Times (9/12, Johnson, 797K) reported, “NASA scientists announced Friday that they had picked a 60-mile-wide crater near the moon’s south pole as the place where they will send a rocket to punch a hole in the lunar […]

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Highlights for 10/9 & 10/16

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Farid Salama (Astrophysics Branch) Farid Salama was invited to serve on the Science Organizing Committee (SOC) of the “PAHs and the Universe” Symposium to be held in France in May 2010. The PAHs and the Universe Symposium is an international symposium held to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the PAH hypothesis and its impact on […]

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Highlights for 11/06/09, 13 & 20

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Scott Sandford (Astrophysics Branch) A web feature on the abiotic production of the nucleobase uracil was posted at http://www.nasa.gov/topics/technology/features/uracil.html on November 6. This web feature summarizes work done at that Astrochemistry Laboratory at NASA-Ames that was reported in a recent issue of the journal Astrobiology. Since its appearance, the web story has been picked up […]

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