Sciences and Exploration Directorate (600) Highlights
Press Releases & Feature Stories
- The Canadian Space Agency announced that it will furnish a sophisticated laser-based mapping system, designed to create unprecedented 3-D maps of asteroid Bennu, for NASA’s OSIRIS-REx mission.
- New observations from NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter reveal more than 200 steep-walled lunar pits, some of which might lead to caves that future astronauts could explore and use for shelter.
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- In honor of the 45th anniversary of Apollo 11’s touchdown on the moon, NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter offers a fresh perspective on the historic landing site.
Dr. Aprille Joy Ericsson, Deputy to the Chief Technologist for the Applied Engineering and Technology Directorate, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, presented a Maniac Talk entitled, "A Rocket Scientist grows up in Brooklyn (NY)." Aprille shared her journey of being a Tom-girl growing up in the Bed-Sty Projects in Brooklyn (NY) with a budding interest in STEAM to becoming a Rocket Scientist for NASA. And the impact of watching men going to the moon and the ah-ha moments!
Presented by: Dr. Aprille Joy Ericsson
Dr. James Garvin, Chief Scientist, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, presented a Maniac Talk entitled "From Brownian Motion to Mars, by way of hockey on the rocks." Jim shared how his passion for rocks and landscapes drove him to promote new remote sensing approaches for measuring their topologies and led to founding of the Mars Science Laboratory and its Curiosity Rover.
Presented by: Dr. James Garvin
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NASA climate scientist Dr. Anne Thompson presented a Maniac Talk entitled, "A Career in Many Ozone Layers." Anne shared some of her long scientific career both as a researcher at NASA Goddard and Meteorology professor at Penn State University. She also described some of the problems she has worked on and tried to convey an enthusiasm for Earth Observations.
Presented by: Dr. Anne Thompson
Science Jamboree a big success
On July 17, Code 600’s Science Jamboree filled the Building 28 atrium with displays and demonstrations from all science divisions. The Scientific Visualization Studio showed 3D movies in the screening room and there were spectacular Hyperwall presentations. Tours were available in the Flight Dynamics Facility’s Mission Operations Room and the NASA Center for Climate Simulation. Next year... don't miss it!
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Bruce Woodgate Passes
Dr. Bruce Woodgate passed away April 28, 2014 after suffering several strokes. Bruce has a remarkable career, spanning nearly 40 years as a civil servant at Goddard. Bruce was also a mentor to legions of students and young scientists. He retired recently and was still working on UV detectors as an Emeritus scientist. He had very broad interests, in subjects ranging from earth science to stellar atmospheres to exoplanets to large scale structure in the universe. Bruce was probably best known as the PI for the Space Telescope Imaging
Spectrograph (STIS) for the Hubble Space Telescope. In this capacity he led
the design and development of the instrument, including preparation of
flight-worthy large-format CCDs and Multi Anode Multi Array (MAMA) detectors
that dramatically advanced the state of the art over the previous HST
- Astronomers using the Hubble Space Telescope have captured new images of the dancing auroral lights at Saturn’s north pole.
- A small, hovering mass of twisted strands of plasma shifted back and forth before erupting into space (Apr. 29-30, 2014) over a period of just one day.
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- On Earth Day, NASA asked people all around the world a simple question – “Where are you on Earth Right Now?” This image was built using 36,422 individual photos that were posted on social media.