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.

MSFC Solar Physicists Presents at Principal Investigators Development Workshop

September 28, 2023

Amy Winebarger (ST13) was invited to present a talk entitled Rocket to the Sun and sit on a Principal Investigators panel at the first Principal Investigators Development Workshop on 8/10/23 at Wallops Flight Facility.  The talk was attended by undergraduate …

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Demonstration of KNaCK LiDAR System to National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM) Tour

September 28, 2023

Michael Zanetti (ST13) and Christopher Whetsel (ES52) presented a live demonstration of the Kinematic Navigation and Cartography Knapsack (KNaCK) LiDAR system and rover systems to the National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine (NASEM) committee visiting NASA MSFC on 7/27/23. …

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Instrument Calibration and Training

September 28, 2023

Adam Kobelski (ST13), Genevieve Vigil (ST13), Tim Little (ST15), and Nicolas Donders (UAH) traveled to Bozeman, Montana 7/9-19/23 to set up and test an ultraviolet calibration system recently built at MSFC. The group also worked to train Montana State University …

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Invited Presentation Given In Singapore

September 28, 2023

Alphonse Sterling (ST13) gave an invited presentation at the Asia Oceania Geosciences Society (AOGS), held in Singapore over 7/30-8/4/23.   The presentation was entitled: “Solar Coronal Jets, the Magnetic Flux Changes Leading to Jets, and Implications for Eruptions on Larger and …

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MSFC Solar Physicist Presents to Two High Schools

September 27, 2023

Amy Winebarger (ST13) recently presented a talk entitled Rocket to the Sun to two high school groups.  The first presentation occurred on 7/18/23 and was given to the NASA Neurodiversity Network (N3) summer interns.  This year’s interns (21 students), last …

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