Planetary Systems Branch (SST) welcome students from Valley Christian High School, San Jose

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Students from Valley Christian High School in San Jose, California, were welcomed to Ames this month by SST scientists. The students visited NASA as part of their advanced research course at Valley Christian and look forward to future mentoring and collaborations with Ames scientists. ARC facilities visited included the NASA Lunar Science Institute, the LADEE […]

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Planetary Systems Branch Chief invited to University of Oxford as an External Examiner for the D.Phil. (PhD) degree

During the week of 29 October through 2 November 2012, Dr Jeffery Hollingsworth, Space Scientist & Chief, Planetary Systems Branch (Code SST), and Principal Investigator (PI) of the NASA ARC Mars Climate Modeling Project (MCMC), was invited to travel to the United Kingdom by the Mathematical, Physical and Life Sciences Division and the Head of […]

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SAM (Sample Analysis on Mars)

SAM (Sample Analysis on Mars)

The SAM (Sample Analysis on Mars) instrument on the Curiosity Mars Rover has completed its initial testing and checkout. The instrument has already sampled the Martian air, measuring the bulk composition and searching for methane. In the first few days of November it is expected the the instrument will obtain its first soil sample. This […]

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NASA ROVER’S FIRST SOIL STUDIES HELP FINGERPRINT MARTIAN MINERALS

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MOFFETT FIELD, Calif. — NASA’s Mars rover Curiosity has completed initial experiments showing the mineralogy of Martian soil is similar to weathered basaltic soils of volcanic origin in Hawaii. The minerals were identified in the first sample of Martian soil ingested recently by the rover. Curiosity used its Chemistry and Mineralogy instrument (CheMin) to obtain […]

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NASA HOSTED A TELECONFERENCE ABOUT MARS CURIOSITY ROVER PROGRESS

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TUESDAY, OCT. 30, 2012 at 2:30 p.m. EDT: NASA HOSTED A TELECONFERENCE ABOUT MARS CURIOSITY ROVER PROGRESS NASA hosted a media teleconference regarding status of the Curiosity rover’s mission to Mars. The Mars Science Laboratory Project and its Curiosity rover are almost three months into a two-year prime mission to investigate whether conditions may have […]

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