NASA’s robotic explorer is examining evidence about ancient Martian environmental conditions that were favorable for microbial life. Findings are also pertinent to future searches for Martian biosignatures and for future human missions to Mars.
John Grotzinger, Project Scientist for Curiosity, Caltech
Joel Hurowitz, Curiosity Science Team Member, Stony Brook University
Jennifer Eigenbrode, Participating Scientist for Curiosity, NASA Goddard
Robert Wimmer-Schweingruber, Co-investigator for Radiation Assessment Detector on Curiosity, Christian Albrechts University
Kenneth Farley, Participating Scientist for Curiosity, Caltech
Mapping Snowpack from the Sky
Dec. 9, 2013, 10:30 a.m. PT (1830 UTC)
In 2013, a new NASA airborne mission created the first maps of the entire snowpack of two major mountain watersheds in California and Colorado. In this briefing, scientists will discuss how the data was used to optimize reservoir filling and hydroelectric generation this year during California’s severe drought. Scientists will also discuss how the technology is improving understanding of snow and its melt, and how it can be applied worldwide.
Thomas H. Painter, Scientist and Principal Investigator, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Bruce McGurk, Hydrologist, McGurk Hydrologic Associates;
Jessica Lundquist, Associate Professor, University of Washington
Bradley Doorn, Deputy Program Manager, Applied Sciences, NASA Headquarters
Scientists will discuss new systems they developed to improve real-time warnings of natural hazards like earthquakes, tsunamis and extreme weather events.
Yehuda Bock, Research Geodesist, Scripps Institution of Oceanography
Angelyn Moore, Research Scientist, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Mark Jackson, Meteorologist in Charge, National Weather Service
In October, the Jupiter-bound Juno spacecraft did a flyby of Earth before its long journey. The Juno team presents a low-resolution Earth flyby video as well as data acquired by the spacecraft as it zipped past the home planet. Team members will also discuss results from the mission’s outreach campaign inviting amateur radio operators to “Say Hi to Juno” as the spacecraft passed, and the scientific goals for the mission once it reaches Jupiter.
Scott Bolton, Juno principal investigator, Southwest Research Institute
John Joergensen, Juno star-camera team lead, Danish Technical University
Bill Kurth, co-investigator for the Juno Waves Investigation, University of Iowa
Dynamic Mars Over Time
Dec. 10, 2013, 11:30 a.m. PT (1930 UTC)
There has been a continual spacecraft presence at Mars since 1997. The longevity of spacecraft missions examining the Red Planet has enabled detection and examination of changes on multiple time scales. The longer the observations continue, the deeper the understanding grows about active processes on Mars.
Alfred McEwen, Principal Investigator for High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment on NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, University of Arizona
Colin Dundas, Science Team Member for High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment on NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, United States Geological Survey
Robert Haberle, Co-Investigator for Mars Color Imager on NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, NASA Ames
New Results from Cassini Mission to Saturn
Dec. 12, 2013, 11:30 a.m. PT (1930 UTC)
With the success of additional flybys of Titan this year by NASA’s Cassini spacecraft and the development of a new way of analyzing data from the radar mapper, Cassini’s science team has put together the most complete multi-image mosaic yet of Titan’s northern land of lakes and views of the region in 3-D. The new results have given Cassini scientists a better understanding of this Earth-like region and its history.
Steve Wall, Cassini acting radar team lead, NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Randolph Kirk, Cassini radar team member, U.S. Geological Survey Astrogeology Science Center
Marco Mastrogiuseppe, Cassini radar team associate, Sapienza University of Rome
Jeff Kargel, Senior associate research scientist, University of Arizona
Linda Spilker, Cassini project scientist, NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory
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