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.

Science of the Moon Chapter Published

March 25, 2022

The contributed chapter, “Science of the Moon” by Jennifer Edmunson (ST23) and Heidi Haviland (ST13) for the book, “Handbook of Lunar Base Design and Development”, edited by P. Eckart and A. Aldrin, has been published. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-05323-9_20-2. This book chapter discusses …

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Alabama A&M University 2021 Youth Motivation Task Force Outreach Program

March 25, 2022

Shelia Nash-Stevenson, along with Alphonse Sterling (ST13), participated in the 2022 Youth Motivation Task Force Outreach Program (YMTF) at Alabama A&M University (AAMU) virtually as a Consultant Team Lead.  The YMTF program provides an opportunity for professionals from various backgrounds …

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Participation in the Amateur Radio Science Conference (HAMSCI Workshop)

March 25, 2022

Mitzi Adams, Dennis Gallagher, and Heidi Haviland participated in-person at the hybrid annual amateur radio science workshop, called the HamSci Workshop, held in Huntsville, March 17-18, 2022. The HamSci workshop brings together amateur-radio enthusiasts and professional scientists to discuss opportunities …

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Annual Lunar and Planetary Science Conference (LPSC) Participation

March 25, 2022

Paul Bremner, Jack Conrad, Caleb Fassett, Heidi Haviland, Doug Rickman, Renee Weber, and Michael Zanetti participated in the annual LPSC meeting. LPSC is focused on the presentation of recent planetary science research and exploration efforts and was held March 7 …

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The Changing Lunar Surface Environment: Hazards and Resources: Chapter Published

March 9, 2022

The manuscript entitled “The Lunar Geophysical Network Landing Sites Science Rationale” by Heidi Haviland (ST13), Renee Weber (MSFC Chief Scientist), Clive Neal, Philippe Lognonné, Raphaël Garcia, Nicholas Schmerr, Seiichi Nagihara, Robert Grimm, Douglas Currie, Simone Dell’Agnello, Thomas Watters, Mark Panning, …

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