Recent news for IMPACT

07/22/2019: IMPACT student receives poster award

Bill Goode received a second place poster award at NASA's 2019 Exploration Science Forum. The award recognizes and rewards promising scientists while motivating and encouraging future work. More information about presentations and the program of the forum can be found here.

Photo of Bill Goode

7/01/2019: IMPACT selected as one of SSERVI's new research teams

NASA has selected a new round of research teams to collaborate on research into the intersection of space science and human space exploration as part of the Solar System Exploration Research Virtual Institute (SSERVI). Among the eight teams selected is the Institute for Modeling Plasmas, Atmospheres, and Cosmic Dust (IMPACT).

IMPACT is an interdisciplinary program investigating the physical processes governing dusty plasmas on the moon and other airless bodies including issues necessary for ensuring human safety and long-term usability of mechanical and optical devices. Additionally, IMPACT conducts a series of interconnected experiments, which together advance a comprehensive understanding of impact-related phenomena. Areas explored include the measurement of particulate, gaseous and charged ejecta products from micrometeoroid impacts, including those onto icy targets.

IMPACT principal investigator, Dr. Mihály Horányi

6/01/2019: Apollo 11 50th anniversary

In honor the the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon landing we invite everyone to visit Apollo 11 in Real-Time to follow the entire Apollo 11 mission in real-time. Included are 2,000 photographs, 11,000 hours of Mission Control audio (covering each controller position), 240 hours of space-to-ground audio, onboard recorder audio, 15,000 searchable utterances, post-mission commentary, and astromaterial sample data. In addition to following the mission in real time, the website provides mutlimedia synced to mission time allowing visitors to see the specific moment an image was captured or a sample was collected.

This work was lead by Ben Feist with help from Stephen Slater as well as a many other contributors.

The Apollo 11 crew from left to right: Neil Armstrong (Commander), Michael Collins (Command Module pilot), and Buzz Aldrin (Lunar Module pilot). Courtesy of NASA.

12/03/2018: Student-built instrument nears Ultima Thule

In 2006, NASA launched the New Horizons mission to explore the Pluto system and beyond. New Horizons had its closest approach with Pluto on July 14th, 2015 being the first spacecraft to visit the unexplored body. On new years, New Horizons will fly-by a second Kuiper Belt Object, Ultima Thule, uncovering the mysteries of the solar system relic. From launch to Utlima Thule and beyond, the student-built instrument, the Student Dust Counter (SDC), has been taking nearly continuous measurements of the interplanetary dust population. The principle investigator of the SDC is Mihály Horányi, who oversees the project.

For more information on the New Horizon's mission and the upcomming fly-by of Utlima Thule, please visit, here. For additional information on the SDC please visit, here.

Image of several SDC team members next to the finished instrument and some of the testing equipment. The white suits are worn to protect the instrument from dust, dirt, and dead skin that could come off human bodies.

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