Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) is featured in Volume 9, Issue 4 (Summer 2013) of the Cutting Edge.
Congratulations to NASA honor awardees!
Distinguished Service Medal
Jean Swank (662)
Bruce Woodgate (667)
Exceptional Achievement Medal
Mark Clampin (667)
Michael Ressler (665)
Exceptional Public Achievement Medal
Dale Fixsen (665)
Group Achievement Award
CSBF Antarctic Scientific Balloon Team (661)
SuperTIGER Balloon Team/John Mitchell (661)
Congratulations to Mike McElwain!
Please congratulate Mike McElwain on being selected as the
winner of this year's Nancy Grace Roman Technology Fellowship!
Mike was first selected last year, along with 2 other
scientists, to complete a phase-A study for his proposed
instrument development. NASA HQ evaluated the proposals this
Spring, and has selected Mike to receive funding for the
next 4 years to build PISCES, an integral field spectrograph
(IFS) to be deployed at the High Contrast Imaging Testbed
(HCIT) at JPL. This will lay the ground-work for an
eventual IFS in space to characterize exoplanetary
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.
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 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.
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.
Please congratulate the 2011 NASA Honor Award recipients!
New 667 Lab Chief
Karl Stapelfeldt (JPL) will be the next Chief of the Exoplanets and Stellar Astrophysics Lab (667). Karl has an excellent reputation as a research scientist in the fields of circumstellar disks, young stars, and exoplanets.
Be sure to watch the National Geographic Television special "Alien Earths" on Sunday, August 15, at 8 p.m. Join leading astronomers on a visual journey beyond our solar system in search of planets like Earth. The program includes interviews with Marc Kuchner (Code 667) and Mario Livio, education and public outreach head and senior astrophysicist at the Space Telescope Science Institute in Baltimore.
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)