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SDO Sees Giant January Sunspots

SDO Sees Giant January Sunspots: One of the largest sunspots in the last nine years, labeled AR1944, was seen in early January 2014, as captured by NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory. An image of Earth has been added for scale.

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Breakthrough of the Year

12.20.2013
A Fermi science result from this past year was selected as a runner-up for "Breakthrough of the Year" by Science Magazine... congratulations to the Fermi team!

Vigdor Teplitz honored with an "individual certificate of appreciation"

12.18.2013
The Assistant Secretary of State for Ocean, Environment and Scientific Affairs presented Vigdor Teplitz (663 emeritus) with an "individual certificate of appreciation" for "exceptional, sustained performance in furthering the international cooperation goals outlined in the President's June, 2010 National Space Policy." The award recognized recognized efforts to help NASA get South Africa to join in realizing the President's Asteroid Initiative, in general, and to obtain access to a specific South African radar, in particular.

Dr. Jim Tucker Awarded Vega Medal

11.22.2013
Congratulations to Dr. Jim Tucker of the Earth Sciences Division. He is the recipient of the 2014 Vega Medal, an award given every three years by the Swedish Society for Anthropology and Geography. The society created the Vega Medal in 1881 on the occasion of Adolf Erik Nordenskiƶld's return to Stockholm, after he had discovered the North East Passage. Since then, the Vega Medal has been awarded to a physical geographer roughly every three years. This award is given by the King of Sweden on 24 April, the anniversary of Nordenskiƶld's return to Stockholm.
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