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.

Scintillation Prediction Observations Research Task (SPORT)

June 16, 2021

The US instruments have arrived in Brazil. The Brazilian Technical Institute for Aeronautics (ITA) performed acceptance test on the instruments at the National Institute for Space Research (INPE) science laboratory (LIT) using the SPORT Engineering Model (EM) and all instruments …

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American Astronomical Society (AAS) Solar Physics Division Meting Talk

June 16, 2021

David McKenzie (ST13) presented an oral talk at the annual meeting of the Solar Physics Division (SPD) of the AAS, entitled “Mapping of Solar Magnetic Fields from the Photosphere to the Top of the Chromosphere with CLASP2”.  The talk summarized …

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University of Alabama Summer Enrichment Workshop Outreach

June 16, 2021

A summer enrichment workshop is being hosted by the University of Alabama for K-8 gifted students.  Sabrina Savage (ST13) participated as a guest to speak with the rising 3rd/4th and 5th/6th grade students to present and answer questions about a …

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Heliophysics at Marshall Jamboree

June 16, 2021

Paul Bremner (ST13) provided a poster for the annual MSFC Jamboree entitled “The problem with deriving a lunar temperature profile that is both viable and stable through time when including heat producing elements”, as well as a 3-minute Flash Talk …

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American Astronomical Society Solar Physics Division Meeting

June 16, 2021

Sabrina Savage (ST13) provided an iPoster for the annual solar community physics meeting entitled “The First Solar Flare Sounding Rocket Campaign and Its Potential Impacts for High Energy Solar Instrumentation”, highlighting the new flare campaign and describes the payloads selected …

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