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.

Presentation to the Alabama Association for Gifted Children

March 9, 2022

On February 15, Mitzi Adams virtually presented The Sun and Space Weather for teachers who are members of the Alabama Association for Gifted Children.  There were twenty attendees, among them a third/fourth teacher from Fairhope who took content from my …

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Solar Observations and Analysis: Changes in 600 Years

March 9, 2022

Mitzi Adams (ST13) spoke to the third conference of “Women in Data Science at Virtu, Conversations with Data-driven Women”.  Adams discussed how solar-instrument technology, data acquisition, and data analysis, has changed since Galileo and how the “Harvard Women” played an …

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Paper Published in Icarus

February 22, 2022

A paper entitled “Constraining the Formation of Paleolake Inlet Valleys Across Crater Rims” was accepted in Icarus on February 10, by Emily Bamber (University of Texas), with Tim Goudge (University of Texas),  Caleb Fassett (ST13), and Gordon Osinski (Western University). …

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Paper Published in Geophysical Research Letters (GRL)

February 22, 2022

A paper entitled “Rock Abundance on the Lunar Mare on Surfaces of Different Age: Implications for Regolith Evolution and Thickness” was published in GRL on February 11, led by Sashank Vanga (UAH/Space Science) with ST13’s Caleb Fassett and Michael Zanetti …

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Scintillation Prediction Observations Research Task (SPORT)

February 21, 2022

The Brazilian Technical Institute for Aeronautics (ITA) completed the environmental tests for the new battery pack and the data is being reviewed; preliminary review shows good results. The software team continues work on onboard and Attitude Determination and Control System …

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