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  • Venus | Planetary News
    2015 01 09 by Heather Dalton Comparative Tectonics and Geodynamics First Announcement Available Now Comparative Tectonics and Geodynamics of Venus Earth and Rocky Exoplanet Workshop First Announcement Available Now The Comparative Tectonics and Geodynamics of Venus Earth and Rocky Exoplanets Workshop will be held May 4 6 This entry was posted in Meeting Announcements and tagged Earth exoplanets geodynamics tectonics Venus on 2014 11 10 by Julie Tygielski AGU SESSION PS2464 ICY WORLD ERUPTIONS AND THEIR ANALOGUES AGU Fall Meeting in San Francisco CA December 15 19 2014 The potential existence of large plumes of water emitted from Europa s surface has exciting implications for assessing the habitability of this icy This entry was posted in Meeting Announcements and tagged Ceres Earth Enceladus Europa Io Triton Venus on 2014 07 07 by Julie Tygielski Abstract Submission Open 6th Alfven Conference 6th Alfvén Conference Plasma Interactions with Solar System Objects Anticipating the Rosetta MAVEN and Mars Orbiter Missions 7 11 July 2014 University College London UCL London UK Abstract submission This entry was posted in Meeting Announcements and tagged comets inner and outer solar system moons Mars plasma interactions Venus on 2014 04 07 by Julie Tygielski 6TH ALFEN CONFERENCE PLASMA INTERACTIONS WITH SOLAR SYSTEM OBJECTS Anticipating Rosetta Maven and Mars orbiter missions Second announcement and call for notification of interest Conference dates 7 11 July 2014 Location University College London UCL UK Main topics Comets Mars This entry was posted in Meeting Announcements and tagged comets Earth s moon Mars Mars orbiter MAVEN outer planet moons Rosetta Venus on 2014 02 27 by Julie Tygielski Call for Chapter Contributions to Venus And Mercury Prospective Energy And Material Resources Venus and Mercury Prospective Energy and Material Resources is the 4th book in this series Previous books focused on Mars the Moon and Asteroids We would like to invite chapter This entry was posted in Community Announcements and tagged Mercury Venus on 2014 01 27 by Julie Tygielski Call for Joint NASA Roscosmos IKI Venera D SDT Solicitation Number NNH14ZDA003L Posted Date December 18 2013 Response Date January 3 2014 The National Aeronautics and Space Administration NASA invites scientists technologists and other qualified and interested individuals at This entry was posted in Community Announcements and tagged Science definition team Venera D Venus on 2013 12 18 by Julie Tygielski 6th Alfven Conference 6th Alfven Conference 7 11 July 2014 University College London UCL London UK Main topics Comets Mars Venus outer planet moons and Earth s moon especially common processes with comets This entry was posted in Meeting Announcements and tagged comets inner and outer solar system moons Mars plasma interactions Venus on 2013 12 08 by Julie Tygielski VEXAG Meeting 11 Update Preliminary Agenda is available at the VEXAG Web Site A preliminary agenda for VEXAG Meeting 11 Tuesday Thursday November 19 21 2013 at NASA Headquarters in Washington DC is available at VEXAG Web Site Click on Registration and Logistics Information and This entry was posted in Meeting Announcements and

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  • VEXAG | Planetary News
    entry was posted in Community Announcements and tagged VEXAG on 2015 05 05 by Julie Tygielski REMINDER VENUS TOWN HALL MEETING AND EARLY CAREER SCHOLARS MIXER AT LPSC REMINDER VENUS TOWN HALL MEETING AND EARLY CAREER SCHOLARS MIXER AT LPSC THURSDAY MARCH 19 2015 Venus Exploration Analysis Group VEXAG invites you to participate in lunchtime Venus This entry was posted in Meeting Announcements and tagged VEXAG on 2015 03 08 by Julie Tygielski VEXAG Meeting 12 Thursday April 9 2015 Hampton Virginia VEXAG meeting 12 will be held on Thursday April 9 2015 at the National Institute of Aerospace just outside NASA s Langley Research Center This follows the 2 day Venus Science Priorities This entry was posted in Meeting Announcements and tagged Venus VEXAG on 2015 02 19 by Julie Tygielski VENUS TOWN HALL MEETING AND EARLY CAREER SCHOLARS MIXER AT LPSC Venus Exploration Analysis Group VEXAG invites you to participate in a lunch time Venus Town Hall Meeting and an evening Early Career Scholars Mixer at LPSC on Thursday March 19 2015 This entry was posted in Community Announcements and tagged VEXAG on 2015 02 13 by Julie Tygielski WORKSHOP ON VENUS SCIENCE PRIORITIES FOR LABORATORY MEASUREMENTS AND INSTRUMENT DEFINITION The Venus Science Priorities for Laboratory Measurements and Instrument Definition Workshop will be conducted April 7 8 2015 at the National Institute for Aerospace near the NASA Langley Research Center in Hampton Virginia In This entry was posted in Meeting Announcements and tagged Venus VEXAG on 2015 01 25 by Julie Tygielski VEXAG Meeting 11 Update Preliminary Agenda is available at the VEXAG Web Site A preliminary agenda for VEXAG Meeting 11 Tuesday Thursday November 19 21 2013 at NASA Headquarters in Washington DC is available at VEXAG Web Site Click on Registration and Logistics Information and This entry was posted in Meeting Announcements and tagged Venus Venus exploration VEXAG on 2013 10 24 by tommythompson Venus Technology Forum at VEXAG Meeting 11 Tuesday November 19th Venus Technology Forum at VEXAG Meeting 11 Tuesday November 19 NASA Headquarters 300 E St SW Washington DC 20546 James Webb Auditorium Ground Floor West Entrance The goal This entry was posted in Meeting Announcements and tagged Venus Venus Exploration Technology Plan VEXAG on 2013 10 14 by tommythompson VEXAG Meeting 11 Preview Request for Community Comments on Updated Venus Exploration Goals Objectives Investigations As a follow up to last November s VEXAG Meeting recommendations an update to VEXAG s Venus Exploration Goals Objectives and Investigations has been drafted The primary difference between this draft and the This entry was posted in Community Announcements and tagged Venus VEXAG on 2013 09 27 by tommythompson VEXAG MEETING 11 UPDATES REGISTRATION LOGISTICS AND STUDENT TRAVEL GRANTS VEXAG MEETING 11 UPDATES REGISTRATION LOGISTICS AND STUDENT TRAVEL GRANTS VEXAG Meeting 11 will be held in the James E Webb Auditorium at NASA Headquarters Washington DC with 2 This entry was posted in Meeting Announcements Student Opportunities and tagged student travel grants Venus VEXAG on 2013 08

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  • water | Planetary News
    Charon ice NASA ocean Pluto water on 2014 06 18 by Heather Dalton Herschel Telescope Detects Water on Dwarf Planet Scientists using the Herschel space observatory have made the first definitive detection of water vapor on the largest and roundest object in the asteroid belt Ceres Plumes of water vapor This entry was posted in Mission News Science News and tagged Ceres Dawn dwarf planet ESA Herschel ice mission NASA spacecraft water on 2014 01 25 by Heather Dalton Hubble Space Telescope Sees Evidence of Water Vapor Venting off Jupiter Moon NASA s Hubble Space Telescope has observed water vapor above the frigid south polar region of Jupiter s moon Europa providing the first strong evidence of water plumes erupting off the moon s This entry was posted in Science News and tagged astrobiology Europa Hubble ice JETS Jupiter ocean water on 2013 12 18 by Heather Dalton NASA Rover Inspects Pebbly Rocks at Martian Waypoint NASA s Mars rover Curiosity has resumed a trek of many months toward its mountain slope destination Mount Sharp The rover used instruments on its arm last week to inspect rocks at This entry was posted in Mission News Science News and tagged Curiosity Curiosity Rover Mars Mars Science Laboratory mission MSL NASA spacecraft water on 2013 09 25 by Heather Dalton Cassini Sees Saturn Storm s Explosive Power A monster storm that erupted on Saturn in late 2010 as large as any storm ever observed on the ringed planet has already impressed researchers with its intensity This entry was posted in Science News and tagged atmosphere Cassini clouds ice NASA Saturn storm water on 2013 09 04 by Heather Dalton Cassini Data Saturn Moon May Have Rigid Ice Shell An analysis of gravity and topography data from the Saturnian moon Titan obtained by NASA s Cassini spacecraft suggests there could be something unexpected about the moon s outer ice shell The This entry was posted in Science News and tagged Cassini ice NASA Saturn Titan water on 2013 08 29 by Heather Dalton NASA Funded Scientists Detect Water on Moon s Surface that Hints at Water Below NASA funded lunar research has yielded evidence of water locked in mineral grains on the surface of the moon from an unknown source deep beneath the surface Using data from NASA s This entry was posted in Mission News Science News and tagged Chandrayaan 1 Indian Space Research Organization M3 mission moon Moon Mineralogy Mapper NASA water on 2013 08 28 by Heather Dalton Mars Rover Opportunity Working at Edge of Solander NASA s Mars rover Opportunity is studying the area of contact between a rock layer formed in acidic wet conditions long ago and an even older one that may be from This entry was posted in Mission News and tagged Mars Mars Exploration Rover mission NASA Opportunity water on 2013 08 15 by Heather Dalton If We Landed on Europa What Would We Want to Know Most of what scientists know of Jupiter s

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  • Juno Spacecraft Breaks Solar Power Distance Record
    67P Churyumov Gerasimenko Juno is all about pushing the edge of technology to help us learn about our origins said Scott Bolton Juno principal investigator at the Southwest Research Institute in San Antonio We use every known technique to see through Jupiter s clouds and reveal the secrets Jupiter holds of our solar system s early history It just seems right that the Sun is helping us learn about the origin of Jupiter and the other planets that orbit it Launched in 2011 Juno is the first solar powered spacecraft designed to operate at such a great distance from the Sun That s why the surface area of solar panels required to generate adequate power is quite large The four ton Juno spacecraft carries three 9 meter long 30 foot long solar arrays festooned with 18 698 individual solar cells At Earth distance from the Sun the cells have the potential to generate approximately 14 kilowatts of electricity But transport those same rectangles of silicon and gallium arsenide to a fifth rock from the Sun distance and it s a powerfully different story Jupiter is five times farther from the Sun than Earth and the sunlight that reaches that far out packs 25 times less punch said Rick Nybakken Juno s project manager from NASA s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena California While our massive solar arrays will be generating only 500 watts when we are at Jupiter Juno is very efficiently designed and it will be more than enough to get the job done Prior to Juno eight spacecraft have navigated the cold harsh underlit realities of deep space as far out as Jupiter All have used nuclear power sources to get their job done Solar power is possible on Juno due to improved solar cell performance energy efficient

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  • NASA Suspends 2016 Launch of InSight Mission to Mars
    designed to increase understanding of how all rocky planets including Earth formed and evolved said Bruce Banerdt InSight Principal Investigator at NASA s Jet Propulsion Laboratory Pasadena California Mars retains evidence about the rocky planets early development that has been erased on Earth by internal churning Mars lacks Gaining information about the core mantle and crust of Mars is a high priority for planetary science and InSight was built to accomplish this A leak earlier this year that previously had prevented the seismometer from retaining vacuum conditions was repaired and the mission team was hopeful the most recent fix also would be successful However during testing on Monday in extreme cold temperature 45 C 49 F the instrument again failed to hold a vacuum NASA officials determined there is insufficient time to resolve another leak and complete the work and thorough testing required to ensure a successful mission It s the first time ever that such a sensitive instrument has been built We were very close to succeeding but an anomaly has occurred which requires further investigation Our teams will find a solution to fix it but it won t be solved in time for a launch in 2016 said Marc Pircher Director of CNES s Toulouse Space Centre The spacecraft built by Lockheed Martin was delivered to Vandenberg Air Force Base in California on December 16 With the 2016 launch canceled the spacecraft will be returned from Vandenberg to Lockheed s facility in Denver The relative positions of the planets are most favorable for launching missions from Earth to Mars for only a few weeks every 26 months For InSight that 2016 launch window existed from March 4 to March 30 In 2008 we made a difficult but correct decision to postpone the launch of the Mars Science Laboratory

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  • Lowdown on Ceres: Images from Dawn’s Closest Orbit
    the striking views is a chain of craters called Gerber Catena located just west of the large crater Urvara Troughs are common on larger planetary bodies caused by contraction impact stresses and the loading of the crust by large mountains Olympus Mons on Mars is one example The fracturing found all across Ceres surface indicates that similar processes may have occurred there despite its smaller size the average diameter of Ceres is 940 kilometers 584 miles Many of the troughs and grooves on Ceres were likely formed as a result of impacts but some appear to be tectonic reflecting internal stresses that broke the crust Why they are so prominent is not yet understood but they are probably related to the complex crustal structure of Ceres said Paul Schenk a Dawn science team member at the Lunar and Planetary Institute in Houston Texas The images were taken as part of a test of Dawn s backup framing camera The primary framing camera which is essentially identical began its imaging campaign at this lowest orbit on December 16 Both cameras are healthy Dawn s other instruments also began their intense period of observations this month The visible and infrared mapping spectrometer will help identify minerals by looking at how various wavelengths of light are reflected by the surface of Ceres The gamma ray and neutron detector is also active By measuring the energies and numbers of gamma rays and neutrons two components of nuclear radiation it will help scientists determine the abundances of some elements on Ceres Earlier in December Dawn science team members revealed that the bright material found in such notable craters as Occator is consistent with salt and proposed that a type of magnesium sulfate called hexahydrite may be present A different group of Dawn scientists found that

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  • Cassini Completes Final Close Enceladus Flyby
    on Saturday December 19 at 9 49 a m U S Pacific Standard Time This final Enceladus flyby elicits feelings of both sadness and triumph said Earl Maize Cassini project manager at NASA s Jet Propulsion Laboratory JPL in Pasadena California While we re sad to have the close flybys behind us we ve placed the capstone on an incredible decade of investigating one of the most intriguing bodies in the solar system Cassini will continue to monitor activity on Enceladus from a distance through the end of its mission in September 2017 Future encounters will be much farther away at closest more than four times farther than this latest encounter This was the 22nd Enceladus encounter of Cassini s mission The spacecraft s discovery of geologic activity there not long after arriving at Saturn prompted changes to the mission s flight plan to maximize the number and quality of flybys of the icy moon We bid a poignant goodbye to our close views of this amazing icy world said Linda Spilker the mission s project scientist at JPL Cassini has made so many breathtaking discoveries about Enceladus yet so much more remains to be done to answer that pivotal

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