Recent news for IMPACT

10/20/2018: IMPACT hosts International Observe the Moon Night

IMPACT participated in its 8th International Observe the Moon Night (InOMN) since 2010. During the evening of October 20th, IMPACT scientists and engineers engaged with hundreds of passersby on Boulder's Pearl Street mall sharing views of the Moon, Saturn, and Mars.

More information about InOMN can be found here.

Community members and IMPACT staff viewing and discussing the night sky. (Credit: Sean Hsu)

10/19/2018: LASP celebrates 70th anniversary

LASP recently celebrated its 70th anniversary by hosting an open house for collegues, family, friends, and the general public. The open house included talks by distinguished LASP scientists and engineers as well as tours through facilicities and poster sessions. The IMPACT lab hosted over 200 people detailing past, present, and future projects.

Open house of the IMPACT dust accelerator facilities. (Credit: Sean Hsu)
Impact student, Marcus Piquette at a poster for the Student Dust Counter during the LASP open house. (Credit: Laura Bloom)

10/5/2018: Ring rain at Saturn

IMPACT research associate, Dr. Sean Hsu is the lead author of a recent Science paper that analyzed data from Cassini's Grand Finale tour of the Saturn system. Using data collected by the Cosmic Dust Analyser (CDA), the authors provide first ever in-situ measurements of the distribution and composition of infalling dust from the inner most ring. This study informs on the processes that shape Saturn's rings as well as the overall age of the system.

The paper published in Science can be found here.

A news article about the authors and their work can be found here.

Photograph of Sean Hsu

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)

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