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Special Titan Lecture: 101 Flybys and Counting

03/24/2014
Goddard scientists will host a free public lecture on Apr. 8, 2014, to celebrate the science and exploration Saturn's moon Titan, including the milestone of the Cassini mission's 101st flyby.

Anne Kinney wins a Presidential Rank Award

08/09/2013
Anne Kinney received a 2012 Presidential Rank Award (Meritorious Executive). These awards are given to high-performing senior career employees for "sustained extraordinary accomplishment." Executives from across Government are nominated by their agency heads, evaluated by citizen panels, and designated by the President. Winners of these awards are deemed to be strong leaders, professionals, or scientists who achieve results and consistently demonstrate strength, integrity, industry, and a relentless commitment to excellence in public service.

NASA Science Pioneer: Bertram Donn (1919 - 2012)

01/14/2013
Dr. Bertram "Bert" Donn, the first head of NASA Goddard's astrochemistry group, passed away on Friday December 28, 2012 at age 93. Bert helped put Goddard science on the map in the early days, both within and beyond NASA. He also was influential in starting two lab efforts at Goddard and in hiring some of our better-known scientists.
Reggie Hudson

International Workshop on "Instrumentation for Planetary Missions" - Oct 10-12, 2012

03/23/2012
International Workshop on "Instrumentation for Planetary Missions" - IPM 2012- will be coming to Goddard October 10-12, 2012. Plan on registering and attending. There will oral and poster presentations concerning instrumentation and technology for planetary missions.

Keynote Speakers are Dr. John Mather, Dr. Chris Weber, Dr. Amy Simon-Miller.

Abstracts/papers submission are due July 9, 2012. Registration is now open! More information is at: http://ssed.gsfc.nasa.gov/IPM/
Brook Lakew

"Through the Wormhole with Morgan Freeman"

03/06/2012
Mike Callahan appeared on "Through the Wormhole with Morgan Freeman" discussing meteoritic nucleobases on the Science Channel show.
Alternate URL: http://artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/03/06/channel-surfing-through-the-wormhole-will-we-survive-first-contact/

"Cosmic Front"

03/06/2012
Danny Glavin appeared on "Cosmic Front" discussing Stardust and meteorite organics on NHK Japan Broadcasting Corporation

Dr F. Michael Flasar wins Lindsay Award

08/26/2011
Dr F. Michael Flasar of the Planetary Systems Laboratory, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, was awarded the John C. Lindsay Memorial Award for Space Science, in recognition of his very substantial and fundamental contributions to planetary and atmospheric science as Principal Investigator of the Cassini Composite Infrared Spectrometer (CIRS) instrument. Dr. Flasar is an active, hands-on leader involved in every aspect of the instrument operations and analysis, and the scientific output of this instrument would be greatly diminished without his capable direction and leadership. Mike is perhaps best known for his insightful work on SaturnĀ¹s giant moon Titan using Voyager and Cassini data, and he is rightly regarded as one of the foremost experts on the meteorology of Titan.

Congratulations to the OSIRIS-REx Team!

05/25/2011
Today we heard that the Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, Security - Regolith Explorer (OSIRIS-REx) mission was selected as the next New Frontiers class mission. OSIRIS-Rex is a sample return mission to an asteroid that will launch in 2016, and spend over a year exploring 1999 RQ36, acquire samples while providing geologic context, and return to Earth in 2023. GSFC will manage the mission and provide the OSIRIS-REx Visible and Infrared Spectrometer (OVIRS) instrument.

Dave Williams, Keeper of the "Moon Trees"

01/21/2011
When astronaut Stuart Rossa orbited the moon on the Apollo 14 mission, he brought along hundreds of seeds from different kinds of trees. Nobody kept track of where the "moon trees" were planted until Dave Williams began tracking them down, dead or alive.

Curiousity's SAM and the search for life on Mars

01/20/2011
In this MSNBC article, Jen Eigenbrode discusses the "molecular fossils" that microorganisms can leave behind.

In Memory of Floyd Hunsaker

01/05/2011
Floyd Hunsaker designed spaceflight instruments for 46 years at Goddard.




SSED featured twice in Discover magazine's "Top 100 Stories of 2010"

12/16/2010
In the #28 spot, LRO images show that moon has shrunk. In the #98 spot, the roving rocks of Racetrack Playa in Death Valley.

Jupiter's Lost Belt Reviving?

11/16/2010
Amy Simon-Miller talks to Sky & Telescope about a bright spot that could signal the return of Jupiter's South Equatorial Belt.

National Geographic News features LPSA field study

09/10/2010
Photo gallery highlights the trip taken by Goddard's Lunar and Planetary Sciences Academy interns to investigate the roving rocks of Racetrack Playa in Death Valley, Calif.

What's on Mercury?

08/20/2010
Pamela Clark of Code 695 tells Discovery News what might be learned about the solar system by studying Mercury.

Cosmic noise could improve space weather forecasts

07/01/2010
Mike Collier of Code 695 explains how dedicated measurements of soft X-rays could improve our understanding of Earth's magnetosphere and of space weather.

Connerney quoted by Nature News

06/29/2010
In a Nature News story, Jack Connerney of Code 695 discusses the continuing mystery of the puzzling magnetic stripes found by the Mars Global Surveyor.

Carey Noll Wins Information Science & Technology Award

05/14/2010
This years Excellence in Information Science and Technology award goes to Carey Noll in Solar System Exploration Services Office (690.1). Carey is being recognized for her numerous contributions to Earth Data Systems at GSFC, in particular in the fields of geodesy, solid Earth Studies and sea level monitoring. Congratulations to Carey on this recognition by the center of her contributions!

The Naked Scientists

04/22/2010
Chopa Ma of Code 698 conducted a radio interview on April 20 with "The Naked Scientists" in the UK. The interview, which will become a podcast, was about the celestial reference frame and GPS positioning.

Joe Nuth was interviewed by Discovery News

03/18/2010
Joe Nuth was interviewed by Discovery News about the proposed OSIRIS-Rex mission:

Mars Lava Flows in the News

03/12/2010
Jake Bleacher's research on Mars lava channels was picked up by Astronomy Now and National Geographic.

Crater-in-a-crater may offer peek at moon guts

03/08/2010
Noah Petro featured in Today MSNBC and Space.com articles discussing an enormous crater called the South Pole-Aitken basin.
Space News Article Link
Today MSNBC News Article Link

Next Mars Probe Gets Carbon-Sniffing Tool

03/05/2010
Drs. Jennifer Eigenbrode and Paul Mahaffy are quoted commenting on the new Mars probe tool and the current SAM instrument to Discovery News.

ESA article on Martian Atmosphere

02/23/2010
European Space Agency writes a web feature on the ground based observations of the Martian atmosphere by a team code 693 scientists.

Drake Deming awarded the Beatrice Tinsley Prize

01/06/2010
Drake Deming has been awarded the Beatrice Tinsley Prize, announced at the AAS meeting today. The Tinsley Prize recognizes an outstanding research contribution to astronomy or astrophysics, of an exceptionally creative or innovative character. This prize is for Drake's innovative and pioneering work detecting thermal infrared emission from transiting extrasolar planets using the Spitzer Space Telescope.
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