Recent news for IMPACT

8/17/2018: IMPACT outreach inspires future scientists and engineers

In coordination with IMPACT's Junior Aerospace Engineering Camp, students from La Casa de Esperanza have been learning about and building robots as well as the necessary computer code to navigate a race course. Tom Mason, of the Laboratory of Atmospheric and Space Physics (LASP), organized the camp and incoporated ideas such as basic robotics, code development, problem solving, and team work. The full story can be found here.

Students at Casa de la Esperanza in Longmont, Colorado, operate their robot. (Credit: Molly Phannenstiel)

8/13/2018: IMPACT CO-Investigator implements graduate programs in space mining and resource utilization

IMPACT CO-Investigator, Angel Abbud-Madrid, talks to CPR about space mining and in-situ resource utilization as well as new graduate programs at the Colorado School of Mines in Golden, CO. The full interview and audio recording can be found here.

Image of IMPACT CO-Investigator, Angel Abbud-Madrid.

07/01/2018: IMPACT student receives poster award

Zach Ulibarri received a second place poster award at NASA's 2018 Exploration Science Forum. The award recognizes and rewards promising scientists while motivating and encouraging future work. The full story including other winners can be found here.

Photo of Zach Ulibarri

4/3/2018: Dust mobilization on airless bodies

Students at IMPACT with guidance from Xu Wang and Mihaly Horanyi have been exploring the hypothesis of dust mobilization on airless bodies due to interactions with ambient plasma and UV radiation. Their work has shown the ability to mobilize micron-sized and larger dust grains in vacuum under a variety of plasma conditions.

The results have been published in the Journal of Visual Experiments (JoVE), an online video journal that focuses on experimental methods as well as results. JoVE publishes written manuscripts as well as video documentation of experimental methods and protocol. The published article can be found here and more information about JoVE can be found here.

Image of dust lofting under a thermal plasma and electron beam, courtesy of Xu Wang.

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