MAVEN launched eight weeks ago and while being only 10 million miles from Earth, it has traveled 100 million miles on its journey to Mars. Calibration activities for the Spacecraft are ongoing to ensure a functional and on target delivery to the Red Planet.
NuSTAR has imaged both a range of supermassive black holes and a cloud of material that has been ejected out of an exploded star, “Hand of God”. NASA details these new discoveries and images.
From NASA: The first BARREL balloon of the 2013-2014 season was launched on Dec. 27, 2013. By coordinating with the Van Allen Probes’ researchers and data, the BARREL team hopes to determine what’s happening in the radiation belts that correlates with charged particles precipitating down toward Earth at dusk.
Scientists solve decades old mystery of the Earth’s Van Allen Radiation Belts. Instruments on the Probes detect ultra-relativistic electrons to understand planetary magnetospheres throughout the universe. Learn more about this ground breaking science.
Scott C. Moulzolf, 42, of Walnut Creek, CA, formerly of Bangor, ME, and Babbitt, MN, passed away unexpectedly on November 9, 2013. He worked as an aerospace engineer at the Space Sciences Lab, University of California Berkeley and was highly regarded for his contributions to NASA and DOE programs.
Scott was born July 12, 1971, in Ely MN to Marcel and Julie (Tadych) Moulzolf. He graduated from JFK High School in Babbitt, St. John’s University in Collegeville, MN, and earned his PhD in physics from the University of Maine where he was employed for several years as a research scientist.
At Photonis USA, Scott designed state-of-the-art photomultiplier tubes used in medical imaging and scientific research and was instrumental in rejuvenating the tube group at the company. Scott was personally responsible for the development and implementation of the first large, commercially available microchannel plate sealed tube sensor – the Planacon. Scott used these tubes in applications ranging from medical imaging and biomedical research to astronomical applications.
Scott is survived by his parents, Marcel and Julie Moulzolf of Babbitt, his brother Gerard (Heather) Moulzolf, niece, Alexa, of Plymouth, MN, numerous uncles, aunts, cousins and his beloved Tammy Poisson and Momma P of Lagrange, ME. He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Michael and Anna Moulzolf, William and Cecelia Tadych, all of Foley, MN.
Scott especially enjoyed hiking, attending concerts, fairs, festivals and dining on the coast of Maine. He is deeply missed by all who knew and loved him.
On Friday, November 22, 2013, members of SSL’s Center for Science Education (CSE), along with youth in their NASA NOVAS program, held a “star party” for the students of Downtown Continuation High School in San Francisco. This particular continuation school was setup specifically for high school youth not functioning well in regular public school settings, and they are usually not considered to be the type of students that might have an interest in science, or a chance at science careers. Nevertheless, it’s CSE’s contention that it is never too late to get any young person, no matter their background, excited and engaged with science. The November 22nd star party was open to all of Downtown’s youth, as well as their family members and a few students from other neighboring schools. The event included featured speaker Professor Darryl Stanford from City College of San Mateo, telescope viewing, getting one’s picture taken on Mars (via green screen), an inflatable planetarium show, a DIY constellation art activity, and various science demonstrations by graduate students from UC Berkeley’s Astronomy Department. Special thanks must also go to the Lisa and Douglas Goldman Fund for helping CSE purchase its telescopes, the San Francisco Amateur Astronomers for bringing their scopes to share, and Goat Hill Pizza for providing significantly discounted pizza for all!