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.

Iceland Planetary Analog Field Work Campaign: An International Collaboration for the Kinematic Navigation and Cartography Knapsack (KNaCK) Lidar Backpack and KNaCAR Autonomous Rover

August 28, 2022

Michael Zanetti (ST13), Paul Bremner (ST13), Mitzi Adams (ST13), Kyle Miller (MSFC-EV42), and Erin Hayward (MSFC-EM41) conducted field work in the highlands of Iceland using the Kinematic Navigation and Cartography Knapsack (KNaCK) LiDAR backpack and KNaCAR autonomous rover from 7/13-31/22. …

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Marshall Hosts Brazilian Science and Space Leaders

August 28, 2022

Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC) hosted a high-level delegation of leaders from the Brazilian science and space communities, 8/15-16/22, to mark recent and upcoming milestones for the Scintillation Prediction Observations Research Task (SPORT) mission, and to discuss cooperation and collaboration …

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Published Article on Karst Aquifer Recharge Timescales in Guam

August 28, 2022

The manuscript entitled “Analyzing Recharge Dynamics and Storage in a Thick, Karstic Vadose Zone” by Patricia Spellman, Charles Breithaupt, Paul Bremner (ST13), Jason Gulley, John Jenson, and Mark Lander has been published in the Water Resources Research (AGU) Journal (http://doi.org/10.1029/2021WR031704). …

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Marshall Heliophysics Scientists’ Participation in 2023 Decadal Activities

August 28, 2022

Sabrina Savage (ST13) was nominated for particiption on the Heliophysics 2023 Decadal Survey Panels and ST13 scientists have led or been Co-Investigators on 13 submitted white papers for the Heliophyics 2023 Decadal.  A partial list of the white papers are …

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Election to American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) Regional Council

August 28, 2022

Linda Krause (ST13) was elected to the position of Director for Special Projects in the Greater Huntsville Section (GHS) Region of the American Institute for Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA).  As an Associate Fellow of AIAA, Krause brings in a wide …

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