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Poster Blowout 2018

Note from the Director:
I would like to thank the Director’s Science Committee for putting on an amazingly successful event where scientists and engineers across Goddard shared their work and made new contacts. The interdisciplinary interactions were especially exciting and crossed all four science disciplines.

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Science Jamboree event photos

The 2016 Science Jamboree was a great success! A collection of 50 photos from the event are available now.

Paul Mahaffy Named Director of the Solar System Exploration Division

Paul Mahaffy has been named the new Director of Goddard’s Solar System Exploration Division. Paul served for nearly 10 years as Chief of the Planetary Environments Laboratory, leading this group’s study of planetary atmospheres and surface environments with emphases on the modeling of atmospheres and surface environments, advanced instrument development, the study of terrestrial planetary analogs, and the development of space-qualified instruments. Paul is currently Principal Investigator of the Sample Analysis at Mars (SAM) investigation on the Curiosity rover and of the Neutral Gas and Ion Mass Spectrometer (NGIMS) on the MAVEN Mars orbiter. He previously participated in a wide range of planetary missions, including those to Jupiter, Saturn, comets, and the moon.

Anne Kinney wins a Presidential Rank Award

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.

Dave Williams, Keeper of the "Moon Trees"

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.

Carey Noll Wins Information Science & Technology Award

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!

Received Lunar Advanced Science and Exploration Research Funding

SSEDSO received LASER (Lunar Advanced Science and Exploration Research) funding to restore and analyze the Apollo 17 Lunar Atmospheric Composition Experiment (LACE) data held at NSSDC, roughly 8 months of data from the lunar surface measuring the composition of the tenuous lunar atmosphere. The data were stored on magnetic tapes in old formats and have been read and converted to ASCII tables. The data are being analyzed and prepared for archive with the PDS.

41st Lunar and Planetary Science Conference

Dave Williams gave a poster presentation on the PDS Lunar Data Node "PDS Lunar Data Node Restoration of Apollo In-situ Surface Data" Report on status and progress made by the PDS Lunar Data Node at NSSDC in restoring old Apollo in-situ and orbital data to modern formats for archive with the PDS to be made available online to researchers and mission planners.
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