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Poster Blowout 2018

02/05/2018
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.
Best,
Colleen


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Earth Blog: In New Mexico, Land of Volcanoes

01/11/2018
The Potrillo volcanic field in New Mexico is a perfect analog site for testing the kinds of instruments that future explorers might use to investigate volcanic areas on the Moon, Mars and other rocky planets or moons.

Mysterious Venus, the Forgotten Planet

08/15/2017
Goddard’s Lori Glaze gives a guided tour of Venus in this Library of Congress talk. What do we know about this mysterious planet next door? Which questions remain unanswered and which areas unexplored? What can future spacecraft and instruments tell us?

Goddard Planetary Instruments Win Development, Maturation Funding

07/25/2017
Three instrument proposals led by researchers in Goddard's Solar System Exploration Division were selected for funding by the PICASSO and MatISSE programs. The PICASSO selection was "Development of a Prototype for the Thermal Infrared Composite Imaging Spectrometer (TIRCIS) Instrument," with Terry Hurford as the PI. Selected for MatISSE funds were the "Mars Lidar for Global Climate Measurements from Orbit (MARLI)" with James Abshire as the PI, and "Picture this SELFI: A Maturation Project for a Submillimeter Enceladus Life Fundamentals Instrument (SELFI)" with Gordon Chin as the PI. Read more here.

More Goddard CubeSat Mission Concepts Selected for Study

07/19/2017
Researchers in Code 690 have leadership roles in six studies selected under the Planetary Science Deep Space SmallSat Studies (PSDS3) program to develop mission concepts for small satellites. 1. Valeria Cottini, PI: the CubeSat UV Experiment (CUVE); 2. Timothy Stubbs, PI: Bi-sat Observations of the Lunar Atmosphere above Swirls (BOLAS); 3. Tilak Hewagama, PI: Primitive Object Volatile Explorer (PrOVE); 4. Noah Petro, PI: Mini Lunar Volatiles (MiLUV) mission; 5. Mike Collier, PI: Phobos Regolith Ion Sample Mission (PRISM); and 6. Barbara Cohen, co-Investigator: Lunar Water Assessment, Transport, Evolution, and Resource (WATER) mission. Read more here.

Science Jamboree event photos

08/04/2016
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

12/11/2015
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.

Jacob Bleacher Wins Susan Neibur Early Career Award

07/21/2015
The Susan Mahan Niebur Early Career Award is an annual award given to an early career scientist who has made significant contributions to the science or exploration communities. Recipients of the Susan M. Niebur Early Career Award are researchers who are 10 years out or less from their Ph.D., who have shown excellence in their field and demonstrated meaningful contributions to the science or exploration communities. This year the prize was presented to Jacob E. Bleacher of SSERVI’s RIS4E and DREAM2 teams at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center.

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.

Greg Neumann and Frank Lemoine receive Group Achievement Award

09/22/2011
Greg Neumann and Frank Lemoine both received the Group Achievement Award for Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) instrument operations. Both are Co-Investigators on the LRO Lunar Orbiter Laser Altimeter (LOLA) instrument.

Dave Rowlands and Katrice Tanner receive Peer Awards

09/08/2011
Dave Rowlands and Katrice Tanner both received awards at the annual Solar System Exploration Division Peer Awards luncheon, held on Thursday, September 8, 2011. Dave Rowlands was recognized for his work with GEODYN. Katrice was recognized for her dedicated support of all the 698 personnel.

Weijia Kuang awarded 3 month Fellowship

08/19/2011
Weijia Kuang has been selected by the Sciences and Exploration Directorate (600) to receive a Fellowship for a 3-month research residence at the Institute of Earth Sciences, Academia Sinica in Taipei, Taiwan. While at the Institute, Weijia hopes to collaborate with colleagues to integrate geodetic and magnetic data for crustal anomalies.

Chopo Ma Appointed Fellow of the International Association of Geodesy

07/29/2011
In recognition of his contributions to geodetic research, Ma was appointed a Fellow of the International Association of Geodesy (IAG) as of July 5, 2011. Ma's research has focused on Very Long Baseline Interferometry for refining the terrestrial and celestial reference frames. He is the chair of the International Earth Rotation and Reference Systems Service and member of the Directing Board of the International VLBI Service for Geodesy and Astrometry and the Executive Committee of the Global Geodetic Observing System of the IAG.
Elizabeth Zubritsky

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.

Next Generation Very Long Baseline Interferometry (VLBI)

03/22/2011
First fringes were found Tuesday (3/22/2011) by the Haystack correlater using the VLBI2010 receiver with the Swedish Eleven feed on the Goddard Geophysical and Astronomical Observatory (GGAO) 12-m antenna and the Westford antenna (using the operational S/X-band system).

New nearside LRO Moon images available

03/03/2011
Noah Petro was interviewed by the Toronto Star about the new nearside LRO Moon images.

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.

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
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