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.
As fans of APOD get to see daily, our universe is vast, amazing, and beautiful.
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.
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 http://apod.nasa.gov/. 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 http://friendsofapod.org/.
In 1999, I co-created the Astrophysics Source Code Library (ASCL) open repository. Housed at MTU and located online at http://ascl.net/, 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.
This is a last-minute notification, but we’re excited to invite you to join us for this talk! Tomorrow — Friday, July 24 — 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
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.