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Goddard Scientist to Discuss Dawn Mission at Library of Congress

Goddard researcher Lucy McFadden will speak in the Madison Building of the Library of Congress on Thursday, Nov. 19, at 11:30 a.m. The title of her talk is “Dawn: A Journey to the Beginning of the Solar System.”

Geronimo Villanueva wins Urey Prize

Congratulations to Geronimo Villanueva for winning the 2015 Urey Prize from the American Astronomical Society Division of Planetary Sciences! This award recognizes Geronimo's exceptional contributions as a young planetary scientist to research on comets and the Mars atmosphere. This is a very prestigious award, and has never before been won by a Goddard scientist. Way to go Geronimo! Read the citation.

Jacob Bleacher Wins Susan Neibur Early Career Award

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.

Emily Wilson and team receive Honorable Mention in Invention of the Year (IOY) Awards for 2014

The Office of the General Counsel announced the winners of the Invention of the Year (IOY) Awards for 2014. Among the Honorable Mentions is the “Miniaturized Laser Heterodyne Radiometer for Carbon Dioxide (CO2), Methane (CH4), and Carbon Monoxide (CO) Measurements in the Atmospheric Column” from Goddard Space Flight Center. Please congratulate Emily Wilson Steel and her team.

Pamela Conrad - Using Curiosity to Search for Life

Scientist Pamela Conrad helps give NASA’s Curiosity rover a daily to-do list to look for life’s building blocks on Mars.

Part Two of the interview.

Shawn Domagal-Goldman - Looking for What's 'Out There'

Do dead planets sometimes appear alive and vice versa? Goddard researcher Shawn Domagal-Goldman uses computer modeling to imagine all kinds of planets and predict how our instruments might see them.

Part Two of the interview.

Special Titan Lecture: 101 Flybys and Counting

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

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)

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

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:
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"Through the Wormhole with Morgan Freeman"

Mike Callahan appeared on "Through the Wormhole with Morgan Freeman" discussing meteoritic nucleobases on the Science Channel show.
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"Cosmic Front"

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

Dr F. Michael Flasar wins Lindsay Award

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 Saturn¹s 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!

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"

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

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

In Memory of Floyd Hunsaker

Floyd Hunsaker designed spaceflight instruments for 46 years at Goddard.

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

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

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?

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

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

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

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

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.
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