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 Receives/Evaluates Extension Proposals

June 30, 2021

In the aftermath of laudatory Senior Review 2020 results, Hinode was approved to release a Request for Proposal for each of three science instruments to continue mission/science operations for the next four years. The four-year performance period also keeps pace …

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First Selections for the Payloads and Research Investigations on the Surface of the Moon (PRISM) Program

June 16, 2021

NASA announced the first selection the Payloads and Research Investigations on the Surface of the Moon (PRISM) program. Three instruments were selected: Lunar Vertex, a joint lander and rover payload suite slated for the CLPS PRISM 1a (2023 launch) delivery …

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Veritas Mission Selected to explore Venus

June 16, 2021

Caleb Fassett (ST13) is a Co-I on the recently selected VERITAS (Venus Emissivity, Radio Science, InSAR, Topography, and Spectroscopy; PI Sue Smrekar/JPL) mission, which is one of two new Discovery missions that will explore Venus.  Fassett will be using the …

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Hinode Image Featured on Scientific American Website

June 16, 2021

Scientific American published a web article about the missions to Venus, and the top image they featured was from Hinode. See the article and image here: https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/nasa-just-broke-the-venus-curse-heres-what-it-took/.

Dennis Gallagher Heliophysics Outreach

June 16, 2021

Dennis Gallagher (ST13) presented a seminar on 6/8/21 titled “The Breathing Plasmasphere” to magnetospheric researchers at the Laboratory for Aeronomy and Space Physics (LASP) Friends of the Magnetosphere Seminar.  The presentation was based on his recent published peer reviewed paper …

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