News for Crews β€” Mark your calendar for ROADS on Asteroids results!! πŸ—“

G’day, ROADS crews!

IT’S FINALLY TIME.  Mark your calendars for the ROADS on Asteroids Top Teams announcement.  Results will be posted to the NESSP website on Wednesday, September 8, 2021, when it strikes 12 o’clock noon in Seattle.

We know, it’s been ages since you’ve heard from us.  Dr. Winglee’s death left us very short-handed β€” a problem that snowballed as the year went by and tasks accreted like cosmic dust in the corners.  We are so sorry to leave you hanging for so long.  And we’re very excited to be able to bring ROADS on Asteroids, Dr. Winglee’s final NESSP challenge, to a close.

So, once again, keep your browsers at the ready for the announcement!

When:Β Β Wednesday, September 8, 2021, 12 p.m. (Pacific Daylight Time)
Where:Β Β

See you then!

A Bitmoji shows NESSP founding director, Dr. Robert Winglee, in rocketship.

ROADS News for Crews β€” Chat with a Mars Perseverance specialist on Thursday, Feb. 11! πŸ—“

G’day, ROADS crews!

The Perseverance rover is just days away from its scheduled landing on Mars! NESSP is very excited to welcome Trevor Graff from NASA Johnson Space Center for one of our expert chats. Trevor was project manager for flight hardware on the rover, and he’ll take us on an exploration of the rover’s scientific instruments, discuss details on its preparations for launch, and take us on a look at Perseverance’s upcoming landing on Mars.

Mars Perseverance — Get Ready to Explore!

This chat will be a Zoom webinar. You do not need to be registered with Zoom to join us — you can select “Join from browser” from the loading screen.

See you soon!

Meet an Expert: Robert J. Nemiroff of Astronomy Picture of the Day πŸ—“

As fans of APOD get to see daily, our universe is vast, amazing, and beautiful.

A rotating series of images featured on Astronomy Picture of the Day.

For 25 years and counting, NASA’s Astronomy Picture of the Day has been sharing “a different image or photograph of our fascinating universe, along with a brief explanation written by a professional astronomer.”

This December, NESSP is very excited to present an opportunity to chat with one of the professional astronomers behind the extremely popular APOD.

Join us Tuesday, December 8, at 11 a.m. (Pacific Time) for a presentation by Robert J. Nemiroff, one of the co-founders of the Astronomy Picture of the Day. There will be time for Q&A after the talk.

Date & time

About Robert J. Nemiroff

I worked at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Maryland, USA before coming to Michigan Tech. I am perhaps best known scientifically for papers predicting, usually among others, several recovered microlensing phenomena, and papers showing, usually among others, that gamma-ray bursts were consistent with occurring at cosmological distances. I led a group that developed and deployed the first online fisheye night sky monitor, called CONCAMs, deploying later models to most major astronomical observatories. I have published as first author and refereed for every major journal in astronomy and astrophysics. My current research interests include trying to limit attributes of our universe with distant gamma-ray bursts, and investigating the use of relativistic illumination fronts to orient astronomical nebulae.

In 1995, I co-created the Astronomy Picture of the Day (APOD) with main NASA website at A thumbnail of the latest APOD should appear on the upper left. If you are a fan of APOD, please consider joining the Friends of APOD at

In 1999, I co-created the Astrophysics Source Code Library (ASCL) open repository. Housed at MTU and located online at, the ASCL now lists over 1000 codes and promotes greater research transparency. ASCL is indexed by ADS, making participating astrophysics codes easier to locate and cite.

SME talk: NASA Artemis Program Overview [ROADS News for teams (July 23, 2020)] πŸ—“

G’day, challenge teams!

This is a last-minute notification, but we’re excited to invite you to join us for this talk! Tomorrow β€” Friday, July 24 β€” we’ll be hearing from Patrick Troutman, lead for human exploration strategic assessments at the NASA Langley Research Center, who will be presenting an Artemis Program overview. The talk will be streamed on Facebook Live, and we hope you’ll join us!

Science Matter Expert (SME) Presentation: NASA Artemis Program Overview


About Patrick Troutman

A man wearing a white shirt with a black tie and sport coat stands in front of a window. The man is white and has brown hair.Patrick A. Troutman graduated in 1984 from Virginia Tech with a BS in aerospace and oceanographic engineering along with a minor in computer science. In the past 35 years he has worked for NASA designing and assessing the International Space Station, leading systems analysis related to future space scenarios including managing the NASA Revolutionary Aerospace Systems Concepts (RASC) program, helping to define the Vision for Space Exploration, leading the integration for the Constellation Program lunar surface architecture, and leading human space exploration mission design for the NASA Human Spaceflight Architecture Team and the Evolvable Mars Campaign. Patrick currently serves as the lead for human exploration strategic assessments at the NASA Langley Research Center where his current efforts include developing what the next set of activities for humans should be beyond the international space station including crewed missions to the Moon, Mars, and beyond.