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2005 Annual Science Report

NASA Goddard Space Flight Center Reporting  |  JUL 2004 – JUN 2005

Planetary Science and Astrobiology Seminars

4 Institutions
3 Teams
0 Publications
0 Field Sites
Field Sites

Project Progress

October 1, 2004 — September 30, 2005

October 7 – Anthony Remijan, NRC, NASA/GSFC, Earth and Space Data Computing Division
“Recent Observations in Interstellar Chemistry: New Constraints for Detecting Large Biomolecules and the Discovery of Two New Molecules Toward Sgr B2(N-LMH)”

October 21 – Jocelyne DiRuggiero, University of Maryland, Department of Cell Biology and Molecular Genetics
“Life on the Edge: Functional Genomics of Extremophilic Microorganisms”

November 4 – Daniel Glavin, NASA/GSFC, Atmospheric Experiment Branch
“A Search for Extraterrestrial Amino Acids in Antarctic Meteorites: Implications for the Analysis of STARDUST Grains”

November 18 – Alan Boss, Carnegie Institution of Washington, Department of Terrestrial Magnetism “Giant Planet Formation and Implications for Astrobiology”

December 2 – Doug Hamilton, University of Maryland, Department of Astronomy “Tilting Saturn”

January 6 – Sean Solomon, Department of Terrestrial Magnetism, Carnegie Institution of Washington. “The MESSENGER Mission to Mercury: Seeking Clues to the Formation and Evolution of the Inner Planets”

January 18 & 20 – “Planetary Science and Astrobiology Posters-Highlights from 2004” Building 28 Atrium, 2:00-4:00”

February 3 – Ah-Son Wong, NRC/USRA Planetary Science Laboratory, University of Michigan. “Atmospheric Chemistry of Mars: Methane and Oxidants”

February 10 – Jason Dworkin,LEP, Astrochemistry Branch. “Life Before RNA”

February 24 – Carol Grady, Laboratory for Astronomy and Solar Physics, UV/Optical Astronomy Branch, “The Evolution of Planetary Systems: An Observational View of the First 10-20 Myr of the Nearest Young Stars and Their Disks”

March 3 – Bill Farrell, LEP, Planetary Magnetospheres Branch. “Mars Dust Storms, Electric Fields, and Associated Chemistry”

March 17 – Yanping Guo, Johns Hopkins University, “The New Horizons Mission to Pluto and the Kuiper Belt”

April 7 – % Carol Grady, GSFC/UV/Optical Astronomy Laboratory
“The Evolution of Planetary Systems: An Observational View of the First 10-20 Myr of the Nearest Young Stars and Their Disks”

April 14 – Amitabha Ghosh, Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, Univ. of Tennessee “Case for and Against Al26 and Electromagnetic Induction Heating”

May 5 – John Cooper, GSFC/Earth-Sun Exploration Division “Habitability in High Radiation Environments: The Case for Life at Europa”

May 19 – Derek Richardson, Astronomy Department, University of Maryland “Asteroids and Satellites: Origins and Implications”

June 2 – Gözen Ertem, GSFC/Astrochemistry Branch “Formation of Phosphodiester Bond in Aqueous Solution by Montmorillnite Catalysis to Produce RNA-Like Oligomers: A Model Study”

August 15 – Tom Halasinski, Department of Chemistry, St Joseph’s University “Investigations of Nitrogen Containing Aromatic Molecules in ISM via Matrix Isolation Spectroscopy: Where is the Nitrogen in Space?”

September 29 – Mike Mumma, NASA/GSFC Solar System Exploration Division
“Deep Impact: A Comet’s Volatile Secrets Exposed”