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.

Von Braun Symposium

October 20, 2021

Michael Zanetti (ST13) and Renee Weber (MSFC Chief Scientist) took part in the NASA-UAH Von Braun Symposium on 10/13/21 as part of an hour-long panel discussion, Section 7 Crossroads: Intersecting Science and Exploration. Other panelists were Kathy Byars (ISS Science …

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Invited Presentation at ITASAT-2 Mission Formulation Science Workshop

October 6, 2021

Linda Habash Krause (ST13) was invited to present MSFC’s Charge Analyzer Responsive to Local Oscillations (CARLO) instrument as a science payload candidate for the Brazilian-led ITASAT-2 mission.  The Instituto Tecnológico de Aeronáutica (ITA) led the workshop, which included James Spann, …

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Marshall Speaker at American University Colloquium

October 6, 2021

Sabrina Savage (ST13) gave a virtual Heliophysics career path talk geared toward undergraduates for a colloquium at American University (Washington, DC) entitled “Sometimes it *does* take a rocket scientist”.  The students and faculty were engaged with the topic with follow-up …

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The Changing Lunar Surface Environment: Hazards and Resources Chapter Published

September 22, 2021

Heidi Haviland (ST13) contributed the chapter, “The changing lunar surface environment: hazards and resources” for the book, “The Human Factor in the Settlement of Luna: An Interdisciplinary Approach”, edited by Margaret Boone Rappaport and Konrad Szocik. This book has been …

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Scintillation Prediction Observations Research Task (SPORT)

September 22, 2021

The Brazilian Technical Institute for Aeronautics (ITA) started the integration of the SPORT flight unit.  They are testing Attitude Determination and Control System (ADCS) software utilizing the engineering model (EM). The issue of dropping instrument data packets has been resolved. …

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