Parker Solar Probe Approaches Second Solar Encounter

On March 30, 2019, Parker Solar Probe begins the second solar encounter phase of its mission, culminating in its closest approach to the Sun, called perihelion, on April 4. During this solar encounter phase, which lasts until April 10, the spacecraft’s four suites of science instruments are fully operational and storing science data collected from
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The Magnetic Tail of Mars

Our March 27 #MAVEN outreach webinar with Dr. Gina DiBraccio from NASA Goddard Dr. DiBraccio describes how the #Martian magnetic environment differs from that of other planets, and how processes in its magnetotail may contribute to atmospheric escape to space. Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics UC Berkeley Space Sciences Lab

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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