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.

SCOSTEP “Capacity Building Lecture” Presentation

June 3, 2021

Alphonse Sterling (ST13) gave an installment of the “Capacity Building Lecture” series, organized by the Scientific Committee on Solar-Terrestrial Physics (SCOSTEP).  SCOSTEP is a sub-body of the International Science Council focused on solar-terrestrial research.  Sterling has been a Scientific Discipline …

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Boys and Girls Club Speaker

June 3, 2021

Alphonse Sterling (ST13) gave a virtual presentation to Boys and Girls clubs in Alabama.  There were seven clubs on the call, consisting of 118 youngsters who were mostly in grades four and five.  The talk was entitled: “Introducing… The Sun!!  …

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Marshall Participation in 2021 NASA Small Satellite Forum

May 20, 2021

Linda Krause (ST13) finished the seven-week program of the 2021 NASA Small Spacecraft Forum, presented virtually from March 25th through April 19th to all participants, and concluding with a NASA-only session on May 6th.  The Forum covered all phases of …

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Scintillation Prediction Observations Research Task (SPORT)

May 20, 2021

The Brazilian Technical Institute for Aeronautics (ITA) is working on software development of the SPORT Engineering Model (EM) in preparation for instruments acceptance in Brazil. They are working with the National Institute for Space Research (INPE) to perform X-Band link …

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MSFC Judge for STEM High School Mission Concept Competition

May 20, 2021

Linda Krause (ST13) participated as a judge for the virtual STEM event called the Innovative System Project for the Increased Recruitment of Emerging STEM Students (InSPIRESS).  The competition is for teams of high school students to 1) develop a conceptual …

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