Recent news for IMPACT

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.

12/17/2017: IMPACT representation at AGU fall meeting 2017

AGU's fall meeting is the largest Earth and space sciences conference in the world and was hosted in New Orleans from December 11th to the 15th. A selection of IMPACT posters and talks presented at AGU this year can be found here. General information about AGU and the fall meeting can be found here.

11/17/2017: IMPACT collaborates with CASSINI LEMMS

The CASSINI LEMMS team tested their instrument in the IMPACT dust accelerator. The team is investigating whether anomalous events observed near Saturn and Enceladus during the mission were dust impacts. These tests conducted at our facility will provide crucial data for interpreting this flight data.

Photo of CASSINI LEMMS and IMPACT team members.

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