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Topic: NASA

Nearly half of all missions to Mars have failed according to Professor James Head.

News, Science & Research

Dangling by nylon threads: touchdown of Mars Perseverance Rover

April 7, 2021 0 comments

An unexpected snowfall closed schools in Huntsville, Alabama on the afternoon of Feb. 18. Despite the cold, NASA scientist Caleb Fassett MS’05 PhD’08 was grateful to have his two first-grade daughters home to witness a key moment in space exploration.

50 landing sites were presented to NASA, but the final two standout sites came out of research from Brown, including the Jezero Crater.

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Journey to Jezero Crater: what Perseverance may uncover

April 7, 2021 0 comments

Several years ago, Jezero Crater was proposed as the landing site for NASA’s 2011 Mars rover Curiosity but was rejected because there were too many rocks that the rover might hit in the possible landing areas, according to Professor of Earth, Environmental and Planetary Sciences Jack Mustard.

Peter Lee ’94 PhD'03 MD'05 remembers his educational experience at Brown University fondly as a period rich with the pursuit of diverse interests, ranging from a medical career to space-related research on damaged skeletal muscle.

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A cardiothoracic surgeon, aerospace researcher and professor: Peter Lee ’94 PhD’03 MD’05 on his path back to Brown

March 29, 2021 0 comments

Peter Lee ’94 PhD’03 MD’05, cardiothoracic surgeon and an assistant professor of pathology and laboratory medicine, conducted his undergraduate, graduate and medical studies at the University and returns to College Hill from Ohio State University as an accomplished researcher and surgeon with varied interests. 

Professor of Earth, Environmental and Planetary Sciences Alberto Saal and his colleague late Carnegie scientist Erik Hauri offer new research findings about the Moon's early history and formation through the study of Apollo rock samples.

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University researchers study Apollo rock samples to understand Moon’s early history

March 8, 2021 0 comments

Professor of Earth, Environmental and Planetary Sciences Alberto Saal and his colleague, late Carnegie scientist Erik Hauri analyzed sulfur isotopes in samples of volcanic glass collected during NASA’s Apollo 15 and 17 missions to understand the Moon’s formation and early history in a study published Feb. 24.

Ellen Stofan ScM’85 PhD’89, the first woman to serve as director of the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum, aims to inspire people of diverse backgrounds to get involved in STEM.

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Ellen Stofan: leader in space research, exploration since time at Brown

February 9, 2021 0 comments

Planetary Geologist Ellen Stofan ScM’85 PhD’89 attended her first rocket launch when she was four years old. Since then, she has spent over 20 years at NASA, served as chief scientist of NASA from 2013 to 2016 and was named leader of President Joe Biden’s NASA agency review team in November.

EXCITE is designed to measure the radiation absorption and emission of very hot planets, which may shed light on planet composition.

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Brown researchers contribute critical components to EXCITE telescope

October 25, 2020 1 comment

Beyond the bounds of Earth’s solar system, exoplanets revolve in space and are the target planets of ongoing research efforts, including those of Professor of Physics Gregory Tucker. Tucker is leading a team of Brown students to build key parts of the Exoplanet Climate Infrared Telescope, aptly referred to as EXCITE. 

Astronaut Jessica Meir '99 is photographed outside the Soyuz MS-15 spacecraft, after landing with two fellow astronauts in a remote region of Kazakhstan on Friday, April 17.

Science & Research

A dream achieved: 205 days later, Meir ’99 lands back on Earth

April 17, 2020 0 comments

Jessica Meir ’99 returned to Earth’s surface Friday at 1:16 am EDT, marking the end of her 205th day in space. The landing was live-streamed on NASA’s website as Thursday night gave way to Friday morning on the East coast.

Photographed by fellow astronaut Christina Koch, Jessica Meir '99 conducts a spacewalk to upgrade some of the power systems on the ISS.

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On Friday, astronaut Jessica Meir ’99 will return to a changed Earth

April 12, 2020 1 comment

When Jessica Meir ’99 was last subject to Earth’s gravitational pull almost seven months ago, life looked very different. This week she journeys home, leaving the isolation of the International Space Station behind to return to a self-quarantining planet. 

Meir, Skripochka and Almansoori will fly to the International Space Station in an act of international cooperation. The team will stay on the ISS for six months, and Meir will help conduct various experiments.

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Meir ’99 departs on mission to International Space Station

September 25, 2019 Comments are Disabled

Minutes before 10 a.m. lectures begin today, astronaut Jessica Meir ’99 will soar through the atmosphere and rocket into space toward the International Space Station. Her first-ever space flight will depart from Kazakhstan at 9:57 a.m. EST.

While at the University, Meir studied biology, took flight lessons and played in the pit for theater performances.  She cited Professor of Biology Kenneth Miller as an early influence in her scientific career.

Science & Research

Astronaut Jessica Meir ’99 scheduled for first space voyage

April 25, 2019 Comments are Disabled

NASA Astronaut Jessica Meir ’99 will blast through Earth’s atmosphere Sept. 25 in her first ever space flight, propelling into six months of orbit on the International Space Station.