Ames FINESSE Selected As New NASA SSERVI Team

FINESSE

NASA Ames Code SST Scientists were recently selected to lead a new team in NASA’s SSERVI (Solar System Exploration Research Virtual Institute). This new team is named FINESSE (Field Investigations to Enable Solar System Science & Exploration). FINESSE will develop innovative strategies for scientific research on target bodies and on returned samples through high-fidelity analog […]

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Borucki Honored By President Obama For Work On Kepler

Borucki Honored By President Obama For Work On Kepler. The Mountain View Voice (11/13, DeBolt, 52K) profiles Ames Research Center William Borucki, who was fundamental in getting the Kepler telescope developed. For his work, he was given the Samuel J. Heyman Service of America Medal by President Barack Obama last month. Borucki, according to the […]

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NASA Update – Curiosity Out of Safe Mode

NASA’s Mars Science Laboratory Project received confirmation from Mars Sunday (Nov. 10) that the Curiosity rover has successfully transitioned back into nominal surface operations mode. Curiosity had been in safe mode since Nov. 7, when an unexpected software reboot (also known as a warm reset) occurred during a communications pass with the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter. […]

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Borucki Said He Is “Satisfied” By Kepler

Borucki Said He Is “Satisfied” By Kepler. The Discover Magazine (11/11, Powell, 314K), in an article titled “Kepler Spacecraft’s Successors Are Lining Up to Find Another Earth” for its December 2013 issue, reported Kepler is not currently hunting planets, Bill Borucki of the Ames Research Center said he has “a feeling of satisfaction” about the […]

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Engineers Outline K2 Plan To Restart Kepler Telescope Observations

Engineers Outline K2 Plan To Restart Kepler Telescope Observations. New Scientist (11/8, Becker, 18K) reports engineers at the Kepler Science Conference II outlined the “K2” plan, which would use a “helpful push from the sun” to allow the Kepler telescope to once again search for more exoplanets. Charlie Sobeck, Kepler deputy project manager, said, “If […]

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Researchers Using NASA’s Kepler Telescope Say Galaxy May Have 40 Billion Habitable Planets

NBC Nightly News (11/5, story 9, 0:25, Williams, 7.86M) reported, “Well, good news for travelers, when we have all decided we have once and for all trashed planet Earth, a new analysis from NASA says there could be as many as 40 billion habitable earth size planets out there in the galaxy, the nearest place […]

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Sandford and Group Achievement Award for the Stardust Interstellar Preliminary Examination Team

Dr. Sandford was part of an international team of scientists that has been working for several years to find interstellar dust candidates in the Stardust interstellar aerogel collectors. This team has now discovered a handful of interstellar dust particle candidate and completed a large number of different types of laboratory analysis to demonstrate that several […]

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