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We started this blog as a way to highlight the important work of women in fields related to the space sciences. Women are still dramatically underrepresented in many scientific fields relevant to the exploration of space, and we’re hoping to help change that.
There are a lot of inspiring women out there doing incredible research – and we want to help bridge the gap between their work and the next generation of women space scientists.
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Upcoming conference for educators interested in using Mars exploration in your curriculum!
“Special NASA team guests will be sharing about the newest discoveries on the Red Planet and highlight new classroom STEM tools. In addition, STEM-related hands-on activities will showcased and ways to help educators extend their students’ learning will be shared. Conference participants will receive lesson plans and NASA materials. “
Giant eruptions caught on tape (well… on telescope) are helping scientists like Imke de Pater, professor and chair of astronomy at UC Berkeley, understand Jupiter’s moon Io. Their work could also shed light on what conditions at the surface of the early Earth were like.
“We typically expect one huge outburst every one or two years, and they’re usually not this bright,” - Imke de Pater
Jill Tarter of the SETI Institute is talking today at the NASA Ames Research Center as part of the 2014 Summer Director’s Colloquium. Her talk, “Searching for ET: An Investment in Our Long Future” starts at 2pm PST.
It’s not being web broadcast (we’ll post a video if they put in online at a later date) - but you can follow the twitter feed at #NASAAmesTalks
Just after completing the primary mission of 669 sols on Mars, Curiosity’s managers planned a special day — June 26, 2014 — in which mostly women were assigned to the more than 100 different operational roles.
At 3pm EST today, NASA is hosting a hangout about the Chandra X-ray observatory. Joining in is Julie Hlavacek-Larrondo, an Einstein postdoctoral fellow supported by NASA at Stanford University. She was the lead on a recent study of supermassive black holes using data from Chandra.
Guess where the highest level of UV radiation recorded at the Earth’s surface is. Nathalie Cabrol and her team took the measurements at a research site popular with astrobiologists. Hint: It’s not under the ozone hole in Antarctica…
A new study outlines the discovery of serpentine on the protoplanet Vesta (courtesy of data from NASA’s Dawn Mission). Serpentine can’t survive over 400 degrees Celsius - which means it probably came from asteroids that impacted Vesta after it cooled.
To learn more about Vestsa, check out this NASA conference featuring Carol Raymond (Dawn Principal Investigator at NASA JPL) and M. Cristina De Sanctis (Italian National Institute of Astrophysics).
The spacecraft pointed back at Earth to make sure it was headed in the right direction after launching - but the images of Earth have been used to help scientists understand what a habitable planet might look like from afar.