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.

Paper Published in Journal of Geophysical Research-Planets

November 30, 2021

A paper entitled “Modeling the Hydrodynamics, Sediment Transport, and Valley Incision of Outlet-Forming Floods From Martian Crater Lakes” by Caleb Fassett (ST13) and Tim Goudge (UT-Austin) was published in JGR-Planets on 11/8/21.  The paper examines crater lakes on ancient Mars …

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Sabrina Savage Featured in Artemis Gateway Article

November 30, 2021

Sabrina Savage (ST13) was prominently featured in the American Geophysical Union’s EOS article titled “NASA Prepares its Artemis Gateway to Orbit the Moon.” The article discussed Gateway’s mission as an orbiting lunar space station allowing astronauts to come and go …

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Scintillation Prediction Observations Research Task (SPORT) Update

November 16, 2021

The Brazilian Technical Institute for Aeronautics (ITA) continues Attitude Determination and Control System (ADCS) testing utilizing the engineering model (EM), currently working on ADCS software (SW) v1.5. They have started the ADCS SW and On-Board Data Handling (OBDH) SW integration …

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First Light Presentation for the Marshall Grazing Incidence X-ray Spectrometer

November 16, 2021

Sabrina Savage (ST13) gave a talk entitled “Introduction to the Marshall Grazing Incidence X-ray Spectrometer (MaGIXS) Flight Data” at the Hinode-14/IRIS-11 meeting on 10/25/21.  This presentation touched on the development and challenges of the MaGIXS sounding rocket instrument and introduced …

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Hinode-14/IRIS-11 Science Workshop.

November 16, 2021

The annual Hinode-14 science workshop was successfully held in conjunction with the IRIS-11 meeting on 10/25-29/21.  The event was sponsored by the Naval Research Laboratory and held entirely virtual (managed by George Mason University).  There were 344 registrants for the …

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