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Gehrels Memorial Meeting

06.06.2018
Gehrels Memorial Meeting
On May 21-22, 2018, over 100 colleagues from around the globe gathered at the National Academy of Sciences in Washington, D.C., to celebrate the life and career of Neil Gehrels at a memorial symposium. Talks spanned the range of Neil’s scientific interests (cosmic rays, gamma-ray bursts, gravitational waves) and programmatic roles (Compton, Swift, Fermi, and WFIRST), as well as personal reminiscences of a universally admired mentor, colleague, and friend. We were also pleased to publicly announce that, as a result of a generous donation from the Gehrels family, the nationally recognized prize doctoral position offered by the Joint Space-Science Institute will be renamed the Neil Gehrels Prize Postdoctoral Fellowship.

The meeting’s webpage, including talks, can be found here:

https://asd.gsfc.nasa.gov/conferences/gehrels_memorial

Early Career Poster Session

05.30.2018
Experts from Codes 500 and 600 presented their work to Thomas Zurbuchen during a poster session on May 29.
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From left to right: Colleen Hartman, James MacKinnon, Lauren Andrews, Alex Glocer, Knicole Colon, Thomas Zurbuchen, Kyle Hughes, Nithin Abraham, Ryan Derosa, Amir Jahromi, and Chris Scolese.
photo of Knicole Colon presenting to Thomas Zurbuchen
Knicole Colon presents a poster about exoplanet data to Thomas Zurbuchen.

Goddard's Mars Organic Molecular Analyzer Mass Spectrometer (MOMA-MS) team celebrates major milestone

05.24.2018
photo of MOMA-MS team with shipping box On Wednesday May 16 the MOMA-MS was shipped from Goddard Space Flight Center to Thales Alenia Space in Torino, Italy to begin its integration with other instruments on the ExoMars rover planned to launch toward Mars in 2020. The MOMA instrument is provided to the ExoMars mission with a European and US teaming collaboration that integrates a Goddard linear ion trap mass spectrometer with a French provided gas chromatograph and a laser provided by Germany. The goal of this highly capable instrument is to detect and identify organic material from below the surface of Mars that is delivered to MOMA by a drill on the rover. This drill can acquire sample from up to 2 meters below the surface. At that depth organic molecules are better protected from destruction by the high energy radiation that penetrates through the thin martian atmosphere. The primary goal of the mission is to search for organic molecules of biotic or prebiotic relevance that may give us clues about possible microbial life on ancient Mars at a time where surface water was abundant.
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