Planetary Lake Lander Project Approved

NASA’s Science Mission Directorate has approved the Planetary Lake Lander analog campaign, under the direction of Dr. Natalie Cabrol (Code SST and the SETI Institute). The project will be funded through the Astrobiology Science & Technology for Exploring Planets (ASTEP) program. This is the second phase of the High Lakes Project, and will feature technology […]

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MARS Analog Drilling Demonstration

A crew consisting of biologists, geologists and engineers from America, Australia, Peru, England, and Portugal deployed to a simulated Mars surface habitat in southern Utah to perform a simulation of a human mission to Mars to look for life using state of the art drilling technology to acquire unaltered subsurface samples. The team, led by […]

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Ames Roles on New Asteroid Mission

On May 25, NASA announced the selection of its third New Frontier planetary science mission. The $800-million Origins-Spectral Interpretation-Resource Identification-Security-Regolith Explorer (OSIRIS-Rex) mission will launch in 2016 and retrieve samples from the near-Earth asteroid 1999 RQ36 in the year 2020. The samples will be returned to Earth in 2023 and provide samples of the primeval […]

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LADEE Passess Critical Design Review

The Ames-led Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE) mission has passed a key milestone, the mission’s Critical Design Review. The next step is fabrication, assembly, integration and test of the spacecraft and instrument payload. Slated for launch in May 2013, LADEE will be the first mission dedicated to measuring the Moon’s tenuous atmosphere and […]

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SOFIA Flies First Teachers

The Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA) reached a new milestone on the evening of May 26-27 when its flew its first teacher-educators aboard a science research flight. The flight was part of an expanded series of “Basic Science” flights, conducting peer-reviewed research for the general astronomical community, that will continue through July. The teachers, […]

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Ames’ Leslie Bebout is featured in an article

Lee Bebout

Ames’ Leslie Bebout is featured in an article about growing algae on long term space flights in the Algae Industry Magazine: http://www.algaeindustrymagazine.com/aim-interview-nasa-ames-dr-leslie-prufert-bebout/ May 22, 2011, by David SchwartzAlgaeIndustryMagazine.com […]

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International team demonstrates a human crew drilling on Mars to search for habitable environments and life

A crew consisting of biologists, geologists and engineers from America, Australia, Peru, England, and Portugal deployed to a simulated Mars surface habitat in Southern Utah to perform a simulation of a human mission to Mars to look for life using state of the art drilling technology to acquire unaltered subsurface samples. The team used the […]

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Scargle named Distinguished Scholar

Dr. Jeff Scargle named Keck Institute Distinguished Visiting Scholar

Dr. Jeff Scargle (Code SST) has been named a Distinguished Visiting Scholar at the California Institute of Technology’s Keck Institute for Space Studies (KISS). Scargle was honored in recognition of his work in developing and applying analysis methods for astronomical time series and other data. Scargle will attend an invitation-only KISS workshop, “Digging Deeper: Algorithms […]

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Craters but not lakes

Roush

Several impact craters on Mars are proposed to have been ancient lakes and represent potential targets for future exploration. Analysis of the mineral deposits preserved in two craters show that they probably were not lakes after all. In a paper to be highlighted by Nature Geoscience, Ted Roush, along with colleagues Giuseppe Marzo, Sergio Fonti, […]

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Basic Research Directions at the National Ignition Facility

Farid Salama (SSA) has been invited to participate in an advisory panel tasked with formulating, and prioritizing decadal-scale research challenges for the National Ignition Facility (NIF). The workshop, entitled “Basic Research Directions at the National Ignition Facility (NIF)” is organized by the Department of Energy’s NNSA (National Nuclear Security Administration) and the Department’s Office of […]

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