NASA will lasso the moon for you, Bay Area (and for science)

A trove of rare moon rocks, preserved untouched for nearly half a century, will be unsealed by Bay Area scientists this summer and used for experiments that NASA hopes will solve lingering mysteries about the lunar surface and pave the way for future habitation of Earth’s natural satellite. Nine research teams, including two at NASA
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Parker Solar Probe Wins AAS 2018 Neil Armstrong Space Flight Achievement Award

The Parker Solar Probe team has been named the winner of the 2018 Neil Armstrong Space Flight Achievement Award, given by the American Astronautical Society at its 57th Robert H. Goddard Memorial Symposium in Silver Spring, Maryland. Launched on August 12, 2018, NASA’s Parker Solar Probe mission is the culmination of a 60-year quest to
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MAVEN – Solar Wind Pressure Influences Mars’ Magnetic Fields

The MAVEN spacecraft aerobraking campaign continues to follow a schedule that will meet the goal of reaching an apoapsis altitude of 4,500 km by the end of April. New MAVEN research shows that high solar wind pressure influences Mars’ magnetic fields in ways that can increase the global loss of atmosphere to space. Planetary atmospheres are
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NASA’s Van Allen Probes Begin Final Phase of Exploration in Earth’s Radiation Belts

The Van Allen Probes spend most of their orbit within Earth’s radiation belts: doughnut-shaped bands of energized particles — protons and electrons — trapped in Earth’s magnetic field. These fast-moving particles create radiation that can interfere with satellite electronics and could even pose a threat to astronauts who pass through them on interplanetary journeys. The
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Cluster Helps Solve Mysteries of Geomagnetic Storms

In a powerful example of combining multi-mission satellite data with computer simulations, scientists have used ESA’s Cluster mission to reveal details about how electrons interact with waves in Earth’s magnetic environment. This research helps explain the behaviour of particles during geomagnetic storms and has significant implications for our understanding of space weather, which is in
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ARTEMIS Mission Reveals the Origin of the Moon’s “Sunburn”

  Research suggests that the solar wind and the Moon’s crustal magnetic fields work together to give the Moon a distinctive pattern of darker and lighter swirls — patterns that are so prominent they can be seen from Earth. Here’s how it happens: Magnetized rocks near the lunar surface create small, localized spots of magnetic
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2019 Robert P. Lin Graduate Fellowship

The Lin Fellowship announces research opportunities at UC Berkeley’s Space Science Laboratory as a Lin Fellow. The Lin Fellowship supports outstanding UC Berkeley graduate students who plan to pursue research related to space sciences, including, but not limited to, students with training in Physics, Astronomy, or Engineering. Lin Fellows will be funded to work with
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Five THEMIS Satellites Launched OTD 12 Years ago, 2/17/2007

  Twelve years ago on cool Florida afternoon, a Delta II rocket roared to life, lifting five satellites over the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station on a mission to study the Earths Magnetosphere. To this day the five probes continue to work and send back data, including two of the probes that were retested from
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