Volume 9, Issue 5 - The thermal shield of the Mid-Infrared Instrument (MIRI) on JWST goes through rigorous environmental testing to ensure it can perform properly in the extreme cold temperatures that it will encounter in space.
Exoplanet Science Definition Teams
NASA HQ has announced the selections for membership on the
two Exoplanet Science Definition Teams, to study Probe scale
missions for consideration by the Astrophysics mid-Decadal
survey. Five folks from Goddard were selected!
The selections are: Coronagraph SDT:
Karl Stapelfeldt (667 - chair)
Mike McElwain (667) Occulter SDT:
Shawn Domegal-Goldman (690)
Marc Kuchner (667)
Aki Roberge (667)
The TESS video of mission operations is now posted on YouTube.
Congratulations to the NICER and TESS teams!
HQ has just announced the selections of the next two Explorer missions.
Congratulations go to Dr Keith Gendreau (X-ray Astrophysics Lab) and his
team for the selected NICER mission! This is an X-ray telescope dedicated to
observe timing of neutron stars. NICER will be placed on the ISS to observe
pulsars to both determine the structure of neutron stars and to demonstrate
their use as deep space navigation beacons. The TESS mission is led by
George Ricker at MIT and managed by GSFC. TESS will make a survey of nearby
stars to search for Exo-planets and will provide targets for JWST to observe
and characterize their atmospheres, potentially finding nearby habitable
planets in nearby solar systems.
Congratulations to Harvey Moseley!
Please congratulate Harvey Moseley -- he is the recipient of the SPIE's 2013 George W. Goddard award!
The citation reads: "in recognition of his extraordinary inventions of
superconducting imaging arrays for astronomy, ranging from submillimeter
bolometers to energy sensitive x-ray microcalorimeters, and even dark matter
detectors, as well as microshutter arrays for the James Webb Space Telescope
Jack Tueller Passes
Dr Jack Tueller from the Astroparticle Physics Lab (661) in the Astrophysics Division passed away February 20, 2012 after a battle with pancreatic cancer. Jack came to Goddard in 1979 after a PhD with advisor Martin Israel at Washington University, St. Louis. He successfully flew his own cosmic ray thesis balloon instrument as a graduate student. At Goddard he pursued gamma-ray astronomy and became a world-renowned experimental astrophysicist. He worked with Bonnard Teegarden on the LEGS and GRIS balloon spectrometers and became the Principal Investigator for GRIS in 1993. GRIS was a highly successful payload with 8 successful flights and scientific discoveries of gamma-ray line emission from SN 1987A and the distribution of positron annihilation line emission from the galactic center region. For these findings, he shared in the Lindsay award in 1991. Jack was recently leading the InFOCuS balloon instrument for hard X-ray focusing science. He was the Project Scientist for NASA's balloon program. He was also highly active in the analysis of hard X-ray survey data from the BAT instrument on Swift. Jack was an ebullient and happy character who was the life of whatever activity he was involved with. Jack will be greatly missed by us all.
Volume 9, Issue 1 - The James Webb Space Telescope marked another year of significant progress
in 2012 as flight instrumentation was completed and delivered to NASA.
2012 Robert H. Goddard Awards for ASD
Robert H. Goddard Award of Merit (Goddard's highest award): Bruce Woodgate (667)
Citation: For exceptional career achievements in science and service to Goddard and NASA
Timothy Kallman (662) - Citation: For his outstanding performance as GEMS Project Scientist
Eliahu Dwek (665) - Citation: For developing new, detailed, and observationally confirmed models of the formation, evolution, and destruction of cosmic dust grains, from supernovae to shock waves and star-forming regions.
Jane Rigby (665) - Citation: For using gravitational lensing to map a distant galaxy in unprecedented detail.
HEASARC Team (660.1) - [Team list: Alan Smale, Tom McGlynn, Bill Pence, Frank Marshall, Lorella Angelini, Dave Chuss, Phil Newman, Keith Arnaud, Mike Corcoran, Steve Drake, Steve Sturner, Laura McDonald, Ed Sabol, Craig Gordon, Bryan Irby, Pan Chai, Urmila Prasad, Michael Greason] Citation: For enabling new science results from NASA missions by providing high quality software for data search, retrieval and analysis through the HEASARC data archive research center Safety: Curtis Odell (660) - Citation: For thorough and detailed investigation into the root cause of the laboratory fire in Building 34, Room C259, and his efforts to define and implement a recovery plan. Mentoring: Joan Centrella (660) - Citation: For her demonstrated commitment to mentoring women scientists at all stages of their careers, which has resulted in a positive and supportive professional environment for all. Outreach: Frank Reddy (660) - Citation: For outstanding dedication to public outreach through the media, including exceptional scientific writing and coordination with NASA video producers, resulting in high-impact Astrophysics press releases and features.
Congratulations to Alice Harding
Dr Alice Harding has been awarded the
American Astronomical Society High Energy Astrophysics Division Rossi Prize.
The award is made jointly to Alice and Dr Roger Romani from Stanford
University. The citation reads "To Alice K Harding and Roger W. Romani for
establishing a theoretical framework for understanding gamma-ray pulsars."
Volume 8, Issue 11 - Dr. Eli Dwek and Dr. Neil Gehrels of Goddard, and Dr. Lynn Cominsky of
NASA’s Fermi and Swift missions have been named as fellows of the American
Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). The election of an AAAS
fellow is an honor bestowed upon AAAS members by their peers.
Congratulations to new AAAS Fellows
Dr. Eli Dwek and Dr. Neil Gehrels in have been named as Fellows of the
American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). Eli's citation
reads "for his distinguished contributions to the theory of the evolution
and nature of interstellar dust grains, including formation and destruction,
emission and absorption of light, and unified models of observations."
Neil's "for his leadership on the Swift, Compton, Integral, and future dark
Congratulations to new APS Fellow
Please congratulate Dr. Demos Kazanas for his election to Fellow of the American Physical Society (APS). The
citation reads "For diverse contributions to Astrophysics, ranging from a
1980 independent resolution, of the cosmological horizon problem using the
vacuum energy of spontaneously broken gauge theory -- to the recent idea
that AGN appearance depends on the properties of MHD winds launched from
their accretion disks."
Congratulations to RIck Lyon!
Please congratulate Rick Lyon (667) for receiving the James Kerley Award,
along with other members of the wavefront sensing group in the Optics
This award is presented annually by Goddard's Innovative Partnerships
Office. Rick is being honored "for his enthusiasm and technical leadership
in technology development and his support in outreaching to industry for
commercial and other Government Agency applications of the Wavefront Sensing
suite of technologies".
Please congratulate the following individual winners of 2012 NASA Agency Honor Awards - Peter Serlemitsos (662), Alice Harding (663), Bernie Rauscher (665), Randy Kimble (667), Susan Neff (665), Ann Hornschemeier (662), and Will Zhang (662). Also the BESS-POLAR II Recovery Team (661) won a Group Achievement Medal.
Neil Gehrels to receive COSPAR Massey Award
The citation reads:
Throughout his career, Dr. Gehrels has been dedicated to advancing high energy astrophysics from space and to increasing our understanding of explosive events in the universe. His pioneering contributions have opened up the gamma-ray range as an astronomical discipline through his leadership of the Compton Gamma Ray Observatory and the SWIFT Mission. His contributions have significantly increased our understanding of gamma-ray phenomena, unveiling the long-sought origin of short gamma-ray bursts.
It is for these reasons, and many more, that Dr. Gehrels is a well-deserving recipient of the 2012 COSPAR Massey Award.