BUSAT team makes cover of BU Engineering magazine

April 5th, 2013 in In the News

Here’s the link.

Red Arcs over Europe

April 4th, 2013 in In the News

The Daily Mail posted an article quoting Prof. Mendillo about all sky imaging of red arcs taken in northern Italy:


Second Annual Gathering of New England Planetary Scientists

April 3rd, 2013 in In the News

Second annual gathering to be held on April 27.

Information page

Date: Saturday April 27, 2013
Time: 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Place: Boston University

More on the Voyager 1 controversy

March 21st, 2013 in In the News

From the LA Times:



Prof. Opher quoted in USA Today on Voyager 1 controversy

March 21st, 2013 in In the News

Prof. Opher quoted in a brief article discussing whether or not Voyager 1 has left the Solar System:


European Space Agency Highlighting Professor Paul Withers

November 19th, 2012 in In the News

The European Space Agency has highlighted two recent papers by Professor Paul Withers that show that the ionosphere of Mars is more variable and more complex than previously thought

An Earthquake, A Tsunami and a Meaningful Life by Michael Mendillo

July 6th, 2011 in In the News

BU Professor Michael Mendillo was in the Sendai airport terminal when the earthquake and tsunami struck. He has written a book chronicling what happened afterwards. The book is available on Amazon.com – all net proceeds will be donated to the American Red Cross Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Fund.

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Prof Paul Withers Co-Investigator on science team for Mars Science Investigation

June 9th, 2011 in In the News

Professor Paul Withers is a Co-Investigator on the science team that was selected on 8 June 2011 by the European Space Agency for the ExoMars Entry, Descent, and Landing Demonstrator Module’s Entry and Descent Science investigation. This investigation will measure the temperature of the atmosphere of Mars from top to bottom during the spacecraft’s supersonic journey from space to the planet’s surface. This spacecraft will launch from Earth in 2016 and reach Mars later that year.

For a detailed description of the entry module mission, please visit the mission’s website.

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NASA Holds Teleconference About Conditions At Edge Of Solar System

June 7th, 2011 in In the News

At 1:00pm on Thursday there will be a NASA teleconference on the latest news about conditions at the edge of our solar system. Our own Prof. Merav Opher will be one of the panelists.

Follow the link below to tune in to live audio streaming of the latest news from Voyager!

The NASA press release:

NASA Holds Teleconference About Conditions At Edge Of Solar System

WASHINGTON — NASA will host a media teleconference at 1 p.m. EDT on Thursday, June 9, to discuss a new computer model that shows the edge of our solar system is not smooth, but filled with a turbulent sea of magnetic bubbles.

Based on Voyager data, the finding suggests we need to revise our picture of this previously unexplored region so critical for understanding how cosmic rays are created and reach near-Earth space. Galactic cosmic rays are of concern for human space travel, in particular during the quiet periods called the solar minimum.

The teleconference panelists are:
– Arik Posner, Voyager program scientist, Heliophysics Division, Science Mission Directorate, NASA Headquarters, Washington
– Merav Opher, assistant professor, Astronomy Department, Boston University
– James F. Drake, professor of physics, University of Maryland, College Park
– Edward C. Stone, Voyager project scientist, professor of physics, Caltech, Pasadena, Calif.
– Eugene Parker, professor emeritus, Department of Physics, University of Chicago

To participate in the teleconference, reporters must contact Dwayne Brown at 202-358-1726 or dwayne.c.brown@nasa.gov by 9 a.m. EDT on June 9 for dial-in instructions.

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CSP Seminar Speaker: Robert T. Pappalardo (JPL)

May 2nd, 2011 in In the News

Speaker: Robert T. Pappalardo
Affiliation: Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology

Title: Seeking Europa’s Ocean

Date: Thursday, May 5, 2011
Time: 3:30 PM Refreshments in CAS 500, 4:00 PM Talk
Place: 725 Commonwealth Ave. CAS 502

Galileo spacecraft data suggest that a global ocean exists beneath the frozen ice surface Jupiter’s moon Europa. Since the early 1970s, planetary scientists have used theoretical and observational arguments to deliberate the existence of an ocean within Europa and other large icy satellites. Galileo magnetometry data indicates an induced magnetic field at Europa, implying that a salt-water ocean exists today. A paucity of large craters argues for a surface on average only ~40–90 Myr old, and two multi-ring structures suggest impacts punched through an ice shell ~20 km thick. Europa’s ocean and surface are inherently linked through tidal deformation of the floating ice shell, and tidal flexing and nonsynchronous rotation may generate stresses that fracture and deform the surface to create ridges and bands. Dark spots, domes, and chaos terrain are probably related to tidally driven ice convection, along with partial melting within the ice shell. Europa’s geological activity and probable ocean-mantle contact could permit the chemical ingredients necessary for life to be present within the satellite’s ocean. Fascinating geology and geophysics, combined with high astrobiological potential, make Europa a top priority for future spacecraft exploration.

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