Heliophysics and Planetary Science Branch

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The Heliophysics and Planetary Science Branch studies the coupled Sun-Earth system and the terrestrial planets and icy satellites of our solar system. Our heliophysics portfolio includes instrumentation development, sounding rocket flight, and research focusing on energy transfer across physical scales throughout the solar atmosphere.  Our planetary science portfolio includes research on the origin, composition, and evolution of terrestrial planetary bodies, focusing on geological, geophysical, and related models, experiments, and observations conducted in the field, laboratory, and via analysis of remotely sensed data from space-based missions.

Hinode Sees Annular Solar Eclipse

October 30, 2022

The Hinode X-Ray Telescopes captured some stunning images of the eclipse on October 25th. While Hinode was able to observe an annular eclipse from orbit, only a partial solar eclipse was visible from the ground in Asia, Africa, and Europe. …

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Neutron Measurements at the Lunar Surface (NMLS) Deck Installation

October 30, 2022

The Neutron Measurements at the Lunar Surface (NMLS) instrument’s flight panel was installed onto the flight Astrobotic Peregrine Lander on October 14 as part of the Deck B spacecraft integration and final spacecraft build sequence. The spacecraft will undergo final …

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KNaCK Mobile LIDAR Technology Night-Time and Cave Demonstrations

October 30, 2022

Michael Zanetti (ST13), Walter King (ST13 PiP from ES21), and Kyle Miller (EV42) conducted a technology demonstration and field work with the NASA JSC 3rd Joint EVA Test Team (JETT-3) from 10/5-9/22, near Flagstaff, AZ. JETT-3 tested full-up mission operations …

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Geology in Motion – Field Work in Puerto Rico to Establish and Support a New Collaborative Effort Restoring Beach Dunes and Sea Turtle Nesting Grounds

October 30, 2022

Paul Bremner (ST13) organized and conducted field work along the northern coast of Puerto Rico from 6/25-7/6/22. The effort was a collaboration between Paul Bremner, Dallin Laycock (Geologist, ConocoPhillips, Canada), Sean Fletcher (Geologist, Serafina Energy, Canada), Richard MacKenzie (Coastal Geomorphologist, …

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Space Apps Challenge 2022 Event – Make a Moonquake App!

October 30, 2022

Paul Bremner (ST13) and Daniel O’Neil (MSFC-CS10) developed and led “Make a Moonquake Map!” Space Apps Challenge this year. Michael Zanetti (ST13) and Jennifer Edmunson (ST23) joined Paul and Daniel as subject matter experts during the challenge and will help …

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