PASADENA, Calif. — NASA’s Curiosity rover, coming together for a late 2011 launch to Mars, now carries a key onboard X-ray instrument for helping the mission achieve its goals. Researchers will use Curiosity in an intriguing area of Mars to search for modern or ancient habitable environments, including any that may have also been favorable […]

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The Pavilion Lake Research Project: June 26 – July 9, 2010

The Pavilion Lake Research Project (PLRP) is an international, multi-disciplinary, science and exploration effort to explain the origin offreshwater microbialites in Pavilion Lake, British Columbia, Canada. The PLRP is led by SS Division scientist Darlene Lim, and it is commencing its summer field season on June 26th. (please note: Darlene is currently on maternity leave […]

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Mars Global Reference Atmospheric Model (Mars-GRAM) is an engineering-level atmospheric model developed by Marshall Space Flight Center’s Natural Environments Branch. Mars-GRAM is widely used for diverse mission applications. Applications include systems design, performance analysis, and operations planning for aerobraking, entry descent and landing, and aerocapture. From 0-80 km altitude, Mars-GRAM is based on NASA Ames […]

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NASA’s Airborne Infrared Observatory Sees The “First Light”


The Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA), a joint program by NASA and the German Aerospace Center, achieved a major milestone May 26, with its first in-flight night observations. “With this flight, SOFIA begins a 20-year journey that will enable a wide variety of astronomical science observations not possible from other Earth and space-borne observatories,” […]

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Palo Alto High School Science Awards Ceremony

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Jennifer Heldmann delivered the keynote address at the Palo Alto High School Science Awards Ceremony on June 2, 2010 in Palo Alto, CA. This Awards Ceremony recongnizes outstanding achievement among the high school students in the fields of Physics, Geology, Biology, Chemistry, and Environmental Sciences. Heldmann’s talk described her scientific research projects at NASA Ames […]

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