AAS Leadership & Executive Committee Meeting

Dr. Farid Salama was invited to attend the AAS Fall Leadership Meeting and Executive Committee Meeting and to prepare and present a 2-page report providing the basic information about the Laboratory Astrophysics Division for distribution to other Division leaders as a snapshot of the purpose and activities as well as recent accomplishments and future plans […]

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First results from CheMin Mineralogical Instrument on the Curiosity Rover to be presented at the AGU meeting in San Francisco

EDA Rocknest scoop

Dr. David Blake of the Exobiology Branch will be presenting an invited paper entitled “First results from the CheMin, DAN and SAM instruments on Mars Science Laboratory” at the American Geophysical Meeting in San Francisco on Monday, December 3, 2012. Dr. Blake will present the first quantitative mineralogical results from the CheMin instrument, collected at […]

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Coverage Continues Of Curiosity’s Pending SAM Results

The New York Times http://www.nytimes.com/2012/11/28/science/space/undisclosed-finding-by-mars-rover-fuels-intrigue.html (11/28, Chang, Subscription Publication, 1.68M) continues coverage of the NPR interview with NASA’s John P. Grotzinger, citing JPL spokesman Guy Weber, who expected the findings from Curiosity’s SAM to be “interesting,” not “earthshaking.” … […]

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JPL Scientist: Results From Curiosity’s Soil Analysis Will Make “History

JPL Scientist: Results From Curiosity’s Soil Analysis Will Make “History.” Several national media outlets, science-focused publications, and local TV broadcasts offered significant coverage of an NPR interview with Curiosity’s chief scientist John Grotzinger, who discussed pending SAM results. Coverage was somewhat positive in tone, with many outlets running Grotzinger’s quote, in which he expected SAM […]

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Curiosity Begins Search for Bedrock

KING-TV (11/19) Seattle, WA (11/16, 5:50 a.m. PST, 32,903) reports, “The Mars rover is ready to roll. Curiosity has been parked for more than a month now at a sand dune scooping up soil and measuring radiation levels in the air. Well now the rover is going to search for a rock to drill into. […]

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Kepler Space Telescope to hunt for Earth-like Planets

Kepler Space Telescope To Hunt For Earth-Like Planets. PC Magazine http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2412264,00.asp (11/19, Poeter, 608K) reported, “NASA’s planet-hunting Kepler space telescope discovered more than 100 confirmed planets in its just-completed main mission and will now begin to hunt for Earth-like planets on an extended mission that could last to 2016, the space agency announced this week.” […]

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Space Science & Astrobiology Division Chief, and Planetary Systems Branch Chief Participate in 10th VEXAG Meeting, Washington DC


This week (13-15 November 2012), the Space Science and Astrobiology Division (Code SS) Chief, Dr. Timothy Lee, the Planetary Systems Branch Chief (Code SST), Dr. Jeffery Hollingsworth, and ARC NPP Resident Research Fellow, Dr. Amanda Brecht, attended the Tenth Venus Exploration Analysis Group (VEXAG) (http://www.lpi.usra.edu/vexag/) meeting in Washington DC and NASA Headquarters. This meeting is […]

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Ames scientists support planning for possible Herschel spacecraft lunar impact


The European Space Agency (ESA)$1.4B Herschel space telescope is slated to be decommissioned next March as the observatory’s supply of cryogen runs out. Lunar scientists have proposed repurposing the spacecraft to impact the Moon to search for lunar polar volatiles and to further understand the nature of polar regolith and impact processes. Ames scientists are […]

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