NICER/SEXTANT and Super-TIGER are featured in Volume 9, Issue 3 (Spring 2013) of the Cutting Edge
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.
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.
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.
Keith Gendreau and the NICER/SEXTANT team were named this year’s “IRAD Innovators of the Year.” The Goddard Office of the Chief Technologist bestows the award annually on technologists who exemplify the best in R&D. Keith and his team were chosen because of their advanced thinking and sustained effort developing innovative solutions for navigating in deep space using pulsars, transmitting data via X-rays, and gathering first-of-a-kind measurements to better understand the interior composition of neutron stars. The team also includes Zaven Arzoumanian, Michael Blau, David Fickau, John Gaebler, Monther Hasouneh, Clara Hollenhorst, Lalit Jalota, Patrick Jordan, Steven Kenyon, Sridhar Manthripragada, Alissa Mitchell, Jason Mitchell, Michael Moreau, Nicholas Spartana, and Luke Winternitz.
Congratulations to Sarah Eyermann and members of the JWST NIRSpec Detector team for winning Robert H Goddard Awards in 2011!
Award: Exceptional Achievement Award in Outreach
Citation: For outstanding leadership and coordination of the Afterschool Universe program during its development, culminating in a successful train-the-trainer workshop and nationwide dissemination network.
JWST Near-Infrared Spectrometer (NIRSpec) Instrument Detector System Team
Award: Exceptional Achievement Award in Engineering (Team)
Citation: For outstanding accomplishment in the development and delivery of the JWST NIRSpec flight detector system.
Team members from ASD: Bernie Rauscher, Bob Hill (Jr), Meng Chiao, Greg Delo, Don Lindler, Ori Fox
ESB Outfitting Project Team
Award: Customer Service Award
ASD members of the team: Curtis Odell and Larry Olsen
NASA announced the selection of Explorer concepts for phase A studies. ASD did quite well -- Keith Gendreau's NICER mission (PI: Keith Gendreau, Deputy PI: Zaven Arzoumanian) of opportunity was selected! And the TESS exoplanet mission (PI: George Ricker, MIT, Project Scientist: Stephen Rinehart, co-Is: Mark Clampin & Drake Deming), was selected for study. In addition, one Explorer proposal was selected for technology investment, the EXCEDE mission (Glenn Schneider, PI from Univ of Arizona). Marc Kuchner is a co-I on this proposal.
Keith Gendreau (662) and Zaven Arzoumanian (662) have proposed a multi-purpose instrument to demonstrate a potentially game-changing navigation technology that uses pulsars as a time and navigation standard. This same payload would allow them, together with an expert science team, to study the nature of matter in neutron stars. Read about it in the Spring 2011 issue of Goddard Tech Trends.
GSFC SED Honor Awards
Congratulations to the winners of the 2010 GSFC Honor Awards! Science: Alexander Moiseev (661), Matthew Greenhouse (665), Randy Kimble (667); Robert H. Goddard Award of Merit: Richard Mushotzky (662)
Plans for the second annual science jamboree on June 2nd are progressing well. Please keep this day open on your calendars and avoid scheduling other meetings the same day! This will be a great opportunity to mix and mingle with your colleagues and see all the exciting science we lead at the center.
Last fall, September 12, 2008, Dr. Elihu Boldt passed away. Dr. Boldt was the first head of the X-ray Astrophysics Branch in the Laboratory of High Energy Astrophysics. Some who worked with him are honoring his memory with talks on subjects that he worked on or to which their work has evolved in a half day symposium on the morning of Nov. 6.