Recent news for IMPACT

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.

2/20/2018: Testing new detectors

Researchers from the Planetary Exploration Research Center at the Chiba Institute of Technology in Japan used the IMPACT facilities to test the functionality of their newly designed large area dust detector. Impact tests were performed in the Dust Accelerator Laboratory and results showed a working prototype detector that uses acoustic detection methods. More information about the Chiba Institute can be found, here.

In the photos, Masanori (top) checks the scope for signals from the detector during testing and Osamu (bottom) prepares the detector before installing in the testing chamber.

12/22/2017: NASA Goddard lunar visualization

The Science Visualization Studio at NASA's Goddard Spaceflight Center has opened their 2018 Moon Phase and Libration webpage. The site uses NASA resources, such as the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO), to provide detailed visualizations of the Moon's phases throughout the year. In addition to showing the current, past, and present phases of the moon, the site allows viewers to explore lunar geography as well as the the motion of the Moon throughout the year. The site can be found here.

Photo of the Moon courtesy of NASA Goddard.

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