Congratulations to Thomas Immel and his team on the selection of ICON.
It’s a great concept, a great team, and another success for SSL. Go ICON!
Our own Dave Anderson on BOINC and the Android platform from Wired.
The ICON Mission is completing its Phase A concept study and is ready to go! Drop by the ICON website to read more about this exciting new NASA space science mission that SSL will lead.
Thousands of potential exoplanets and many stars with massive disks of gas and dust that suggest planets are forming have been found. However, not much of the stuff intermediate between dust and planets, such as asteroids, planetesimals and comets have been detected. UC Berkeley and SSL astronomer Barry Welsh has looked closely at a number of stars with dust disks and found evidence that they also have comets. Read more.
On Friday November 2nd, an SSL sounding rocket had a successful flight from the White Sands Missile Range. The Focusing Optics X-ray Solar Imager (FOXSI) payload observed the Sun for six minutes before landing safely and intact in the New Mexico desert. FOXSI carried focusing X-ray optics and silicon strip detectors and successfully imaged solar X-rays during its flight. After some upgrades, FOXSI will fly again in two years.