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.

Astrophysical Journal Supplement Series Paper Accepted

May 22, 2022

A paper entitled “A Publicly Available Multi-Observatory Data Set of an Enhanced Network Patch from the Photosphere to Corona” has been accepted to the Astrophysical Journal Supplement Series. The authors include Adam Kobelski and Sabrina (ST13), Lucas Tarr and Sarah Jaeggli …

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Geology Field Work Campaign with NASA SSERVI Rise2, Geodes and JSA-XEVA at Kilbourne hole, Potrillo Volcanic Field, New Mexico

May 22, 2022

Michael Zanetti and Paul Bremner (ST13) conducted field work using the Kinematic Navigation and Cartography Knapsack (KNaCK) LiDAR Scanning instrument at Kilbourne Hole, NM volcanic maar. This campaign was in support of the Remote, In Situ, and Synchrotron Studies for …

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Montezuma Elementary School Conversation About Space

May 22, 2022

In two sessions, Dennis Gallagher (ST13) answered advanced questions and engaged in interactive Q&A with 30 4th grade and 50 5th grade students about NASA science and the International Space Station (ISS) on 5/10/22.  The widely ranging topics included routine …

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Marshall Participation in Student “Space Nights”

May 22, 2022

Mitzi Adams (ST13) participated in a Parent Teacher Association sponsored Space Night at Horizon Elementary in Madison, AL on 5/9/22.  Alongside an American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) sponsored table, Adams handed out information on the 2023 and 2024 …

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The Innovative System Project for the Increased Recruitment of Emerging STEM Students (InSPIRESS)

May 22, 2022

Mitzi Adams and Dennis Gallagher (ST13) served as judges for the University of Alabama in Huntsville’s InSPIRESS final review that was held virtually on 5/6/22.  Adams and Gallagher judged five high school teams from around the USA who presented their …

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